Last Saturday marked exactly 500 days until Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7 and stops providing vital security updates to the “world’s most popular” operating system.
Despite the countdown clock, 64% of UK businesses don’t see migrating away from Windows 7 as a priority before its January 2020 deadline.
Kollektive found that 39% of IT leaders in the UK still run Windows 7 across their organisations, while 17% aren’t even aware of the system’s deadline date.
Nevertheless, 7% of UK businesses have no plans to migrate away from Windows 7; only 21% of UK businesses have completed their migration to Windows 7; 21% will leave it up to individual employees to update and migrate their systems and network issues mean that 29% of UK businesses must allow at least a month to roll out new OS and security updates.
“While 500 days may seem like a long time, it took many businesses upwards of three years to transition from Windows XP to Windows 7. Although Microsoft has since streamlined the process, we are expecting similar migration timelines for Windows 10,” says Jon O’Connor, Solution Architect at Kollective, in a press release.
“For large enterprises, the key will be ensuring that the update can be rolled out automatically and at scale. Unfortunately, our research suggests that many businesses simply don’t have the network infrastructure needed to achieve this simultaneous update, as such many will spend months – or even years – migrating their systems entirely. If the January 2020 deadline is missed, this will pose a major security threat for the world’s businesses.”
To address such network issues, Kollective also recommends that businesses do not rip out and replace their existing infrastructures. Instead, it’s important they run a software-defined network over the top of their current outdated networks.
Written by Leah Alger