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Microsoft: Windows 7 Can't Keep Your Business Secure

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Windows 7 doesn't reach its end of life for three more years, but Microsoft says you're business shouldn't wait that long to update to Windows 10. The company says that the older operating system is too old to keep up with the necessary security patches. I expect these warnings to get more dire over the course of the next few years.

Apparently, Windows 7 "does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments," according to Markus Nitschke from Microsoft's Germany office for Windows. 

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The upgrade will become absolutely necessary on January 13, 2020, when extended support for the 2009 OS ends. Microsoft started offering extended support for 7 in 2015. If you pay for a Microsoft Custom Support Agreement you can hold out a whole lot longer, but that can cost big bucks. 

Windows 10 does offer a whole host of upgraded security and control, including biometric logins and Windows Defender Advanced Treat Protection. With the upcoming release of the Creators Update, it will also get UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) conversion tool that will reduce the need for IT admins to manually convert Windows 7 devices using legacy BIOSes. The tool will integrate with other management tools like System Center Configuration Manager.