Copenhagen, Denmark – January 22, 2020 — CTGlobal, the IT consultancy and development company focused on cloud, data center, security and enterprise client management, estimates that a large number of enterprises are still running Windows 7, even though the operating system went End of Support this month.
A large number of enterprises are still running Windows 7, which went End of Support last week. Even though the End of Support date has been known for years — Microsoft published the date back in 2015 — approximately 50% of CTGlobal’s customers still use the operating system fully or partially.
“This is quite standard: It’s a common occurrence with every end-of-life cycle for every major and predominant software product, no matter how well in advance the decision to discontinue the product is announced,” states Jason Sandys, Principal Consultant at CTGlobal, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Enterprise Mobility, and a veteran in the enterprise client management game.
And while running an End of Support operating system may be business as usual, it is also not a very good place to be for an organization: The End of Support status means that Microsoft is no longer publishing updates, including security updates for Windows 7. Companies that continue to rely on it will expose the organization’s applications and business to serious security risks, and generate compliance issues in the not-too distant future.
Although Microsoft offers rudimentary security support through a “Extended Security Updates” (ESU) at a (high) price, this should not be considered a viable option by enterprises; Microsoft itself refers to the ESU as a “last-resort option”: The ESU only covers “security updates for critical and important issues as defined by Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) for a maximum of three years after January 14, 2020.”
In addition to being largely inadequate for most organizations, the ESU is also costly – from around $25 per device in the 2020, rising to $50-$100 per device and $100-$200 per device in years 2021 and 2022 respectively. As a result, CTGlobal sees hardly any enterprises subscribing to the ESU.
“We have been working with and recommending all of our customers to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for years. This has been a top priority, because purchasing, receiving, or deploying Windows 7 Extended Security Updates does not mean that Microsoft will or is supporting Windows 7 past January 2020 in any way. Windows 7 support ended January 14 2020; full stop,“ says Jason Sandys.