Wednesday 20 February 2019

Firms facing €200m bill for Windows switch

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Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Putting off the migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 could cost Irish businesses up to €200m, according to a new report from digital support firm Auxilion.

Microsoft is switching off support for Windows 7 on January 14 next year.

The software giant has said that extended support will be available beyond this date but “at a cost and with the price increasing each year”.

Recent figures from the Irish analytics firm StatCounter suggest that almost 30pc of internet access from Irish devices comes through Windows 7.

Switching from Windows 7 to Windows 10 “can take 12 months or longer”, said Martin Patterson, head of digital services at Auxilion

“Ireland has been quite slow to migrate to Windows 10 and there will likely be extreme resource constraints for projects starting in the latter part of this year and in 2020.

“If organisations haven’t upgraded by this time next year, then they face the cost of extended security support offered by Microsoft or leave themselves open to the risk of running an unsupported operating system with resulting security threats.”

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