What is Windows 7 end-of-life? How will it affect me?

 When? 

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 
  • FoxPro 
  • Visual Basic 6 
  • D-Base 

We would recommend upgrading to a cloud application like ReAccess very soon, to avoid any disruption in usage and maintain data security and compliance. 

Why? 

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. 

The solution? 

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. 

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