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Time to move on

Business continuity and IT disaster recovery provider Databarracks marked the end of support for Windows 7 on January 14 by giving the OS a Viking-style funeral.

Managing Director Peter Groucutt said: “Five years ago, when Windows Server 2003 was retired, we launched it into space. For Windows 7, we opted for a Viking funeral. It’s a bit of fun, but there’s a serious message we want to highlight: staying up-to-date with operating systems and patching is the simplest and most important security practice to follow.”

He added: “Microsoft is offering Extended Security Updates (ESU) to businesses still using Windows 7 through to 2023, charged per device, with the price increasing each year. This helps, but software providers will stop supporting their applications on Windows 7, so our recommendation is to update to Windows 10 as quickly as possible.”

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