With the end of service for Windows 7, businesses need to find another solution. While Windows 7 will not stop working, it won’t be as secure, and the lack of updates and patches will make your system and data more vulnerable to attack. For some, this might be the optimal time to move to the cloud. Ideally, companies have done so, or made the move to the latest operating system. Read on to find out more about what to do to keep your system and data secure.

Upgrading Your Operating System

In the shorter term, if your business hasn’t upgraded to Windows 10, you can still do that. Windows 10 is worth the upgrade, with automatic updates available, along with better security. Not only that, but by upgrading, you can use a windows operating system that comes with technical support, security updates and fixes. With only a week having passed since the deadline, it is still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 and take advantage of a fast, secure operating system. The longer you go without upgrading, however, the less secure your computer will become.

Consider the Cloud

One way to more smoothly manage the transition to a new operating system, is moving to the cloud using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). With VDI, updates can be performed by the cloud service provider, providing a seamless user experience. With a cloud service provider handling the infrastructure and providing a connection via the Internet, upgrades will be made easier and possibly less expensive. One cloud delivery model, Workspace as a Service (WaaS) provides access remotely as a web-based office environment. With WaaS you can license an application to users on a subscription basis. Not only does this spread the cost out over time, but it eliminates the need to have hardware on-premise. When working with WaaS, negotiate a service level agreement, which can ensure that the provider meets the requirements of your business and which clearly delineates what they will deliver.

While Windows 7 is still operable after January 14, 2020, it won’t be optimal. If you need help upgrading to the new operating system, or in learning about a move to the cloud, contact your trusted technology advisor today.