The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system end-of-life date is January 14th 2020.
What does this mean for Windows 7 users?
Beyond this date, Microsoft will no longer provide updates or support for machines running a Windows 7 operating system. The Windows 7 end-of-support* means technical support for the operating system will stop along with no more software updates or security updates, leaving users vulnerable to malware attacks and other cybersecurity threats.
*Microsoft is offering users an opportunity to continue to pay for technical support on a ‘per user’ basis. No pricing has been announced.
For extra peace of mind, it’s worth futureproofing your MS Access apps by considering a cloud based solution like ReAccess.
Will Windows 7 EOL affect my applications?
Yes, if you currently run any Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Access on Windows 7, after the end-of-life the data within these applications will no longer be secure, nor compliant. It is recommended that you upgrade any applications created with any of these platforms:
- Microsoft Access 2013 or earlier
- Visual Basic 6
We would recommend upgrading to a cloud application like ReAccess very soon, to avoid any disruption in usage and maintain data security and compliance.
Microsoft has not specified the exact reason behind the Windows 7 end-of-life, however it is likely to be led by their drive to unify all customers on their cloud based operating system, Windows 10. By only having a single operating system to support, Microsoft will be able to offer better customer service and it will likely encourage innovation, as developers must create solutions for a single Microsoft operating system.
Upgrade to ReAccess. ReAccess is an end-to-end Microsoft solution which maintains all Microsoft Access functionality, but delivers your Microsoft Access application as an Azure Cloud App.