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What Will You Do in January When Windows 7 is No Longer Supported?

by | Nov 13, 2019

Windows 7 is going, going, almost gone! Support ends January 2020! Can you accept the risk of staying on that platform?

For those of you who can isolate your Windows 7 systems from the web, that may be a workable solution (at least for a while). But how feasible is that in today’s interconnected world and will that actually solve your issues??

What happens with the end of Windows 7 support –

  • No bug fixes, no security updates (without major fees), compatibility problems with newer software including hardware drivers
  • Compliance to DFARS (DOD stand) will be impossible due to cyber security not being updated
  • HIPPA compliance is compromised because it will be impossible (or difficult) to guard against malicious software
  • PCI DSS compliance (re credit card transactions) also requires guarding against malicious software which won’t be happening on Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office software may stop working on Windows 7 because Microsoft won’t be trying to stay compatible with Windows 7
  • Other software application updates may not work on Windows 7 because active support for obsolete products usually dies quickly
  • Ultimately, a company gets left behind as competitors and customers as they move forward

So now that you realize time is running out the question is how do you start preparing and moving to Windows 10? 

The first question to ask is if your web-based applications will continue to work in Windows 10? If you’re using applets or plug-ins like ActiveX, you will quickly run out of options for browsers. Only Internet Explorer 11 will work, and it is not the most friendly of browsers for web-based applications. After all, that’s why Microsoft introduced Microsoft Edge.

All the more modern browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox and even Microsoft Edge no longer support those plug-ins. Are you willing to stick with IE 11 when most modern Javascript-based browser applications won’t fully function within it?   

In our world, selling to very large and mid-size enterprises and institutions, we have found that customers who use applet viewers (like IBM/Daeja) cannot run on Windows 10 because NPAPI (plug-ins) support has been discontinued for all modern browsers due to security concerns. Using an older version of these browsers opens you up to attack. Windows 10 still includes IE11, which supports NPAPI, and is supported by Microsoft; however it is judged by the technical community as an extremely backwards and an increasingly incompatible browser for today’s web applications. So, any company moving to Windows 10 can really only get the full benefits if it also moves to Microsoft Edge or other modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Conclusion – It’s really, really time to move. Replace your NPAPI applications now.  You have two months!