The end of Windows Vista is here!
Though not nearly as popular as Windows XP, which many users continue to use long after support has ended, there are still a small group of users who continue to use the Vista operating system (OS). Microsoft, of course, would like to migrate everyone off of any of the older operating systems and move them to Windows 10, in an effort to standardise app development rather than having to deal with multiple editions of Windows.
While you may not have heard too much in the news about the official EOL (end of life) date for Windows Vista, given its smaller market, it has always been on Microsoft’s schedule. Now, the end of life is officially here. As of 11th April 2017, Windows will no longer provide any software updates for the Vista OS. This means that for any critical security flaws found, no patch will be created or provided for users. Users are stuck with all the vulnerabilities discovered, making their system and their network less secure.
As occurred with XP, users who have not migrated yet to another OS have their reasons – financial, use of software programs that are not supported with newer operating systems, etc. However, businesses and individual users will need to make plans now to migrate to a newer OS. Though the number of users still on Vista is relatively small, it does not mean that hackers will not use this opportunity to exploit any flaws they can find in Vista’s security. After all, they know Microsoft will not be producing any patch to fix the flaws. All any hacker needs is a vulnerable system with which to gain entry to your data and your network.
We understand how challenging and, quite frankly, painful it is to migrate your company’s computers to a new operating system. However, better that than the pain of losing your data to a cyber attack that could have been prevented with a newer and supported OS. Give us a call to have us assess your network and your needs. We will work with you to make the transition as smooth as possible with minimal downtime.
For those wondering what the EOL schedule is for Windows 7, 8, and 10, here is that information, per Microsoft:
|Operating System||End of Mainstream Support||EOL (Extended Support)|
|Windows 7||13 January 2015||14 January 2020|
|Windows 8||9 January 2018||10 January 2023|
|Windows 10||13 October 2020||14 October 2025|