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As of 14th January 2020, Microsoft ended support for any device operating on Windows 7. 
As of 23rd January, they will also end support for Windows 8. 
Why?

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Microsoft have taken the decision to make Windows 7 and Windows 8 End of Life and to focus their attention on Windows 10.

 

What will happen to my device after 14th or 23rd January? Will it still work?

Following either 14th or 23rd January (depending on which operating system you're running), your device will still work however, it will become increasingly vulnerable to security risks and viruses due to a lack of software updates and support. 

 

What should I do? 

With the end of life dates in mind and if you haven't taken action already, now is the time to make an informed decision on whether to update, upgrade or to make other changes to your software. One of the simplest solutions is to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or, consider upgrading your device to a Windows 10 Pro ready PC.

 

What will happen if I don't upgrade?

Your old hardware will cost you more in performance, security, maintenance, & productivity costs than purchasing new modern devices with Windows 10 Pro. 

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46 MILLION
The number of SMB users using devices 4+ years old*
  • Increased maintenance costs

PCs older than 4 years can cost 1.5x more in repairs and, on average, an additional £325/year in total maintenance costs.1

 

  • Decreased productivity costs

PCs older than 4 years can cause more than 2.1x increase in lost productivity (hours), costing, on average, £915 in lost productivity.1 Not to mention, older PCs can only run about 5 applications simultaneously without performance degradation, while newer PCs can easily run 8 or more.1

 

  • Security risk

More than 50% of small businesses have suffered a data breach or cyberattack,5 averaging more than US £64,000 per breach.6

 

  • Limited performance

Devices over 5 years old are past their prime and can perform 2.5x slower,2 exhibit 3x less battery life,3 and wake up from sleep mode 4x slower4 than new Windows 10 Pro devices

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Making the switch to Windows 10 Pro.

Did you know? New PCs enable businesses with up to 65% faster multi-tasking compared to a 5 year old PC1.

 

Key Features

Cortana4

Your personal digital assistant is there for you wherever you need her, helping make sure nothing slips through the cracks.

Windows Ink

Capture ideas as easily and quickly as they occur to you—that’s the power of Windows Ink.5

Windows AutoPilot

Enable quick and easy setup of new business-ready PCs. Take your new device from box to fully configured and productive with minimal (or no) help from IT.

Windows Hello6

82 million passwords are stolen daily.7 Windows Hello is the password-free sign-in that gives you the fastest, most secure wayto unlock your Windows devices.

Bitlocker8

Keep your peace of mind by encrypting your data on your computers’ hard drives and even on your USB drives, so your business information is protected when a device is lost or stolen.

Windows Information Protection

Control how your employees use your business data. For example, block them from copying customer or financial data into social media apps.

Key Benefits
Up to 3x longer battery life2 than older Windows devices
Start up on average up to 28% faster3 than Windows 7
Log in with fingerprint or facial recognition.6
Virtualisation-based security can help prevent malware installation to the OS layer.
Windows Defender Antivirus offers built-in malware protection to help keep you safe from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software

 

This is where HP can help

The HP Elite portfolio is jam-packed with Windows 10 ready devices.

Whether you want a desktop, laptop or all in one, HP have an option for every user.

 

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For more information on any of the HP Elite portfolio, contact your Account Manager

 

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E-mail: sales.direct-uk@bechtle.com

1Pivoting SMBs to Buy PCs; Techaisle, 2015
2Ponemon; 2016 State of Cybersecurity in SMB (USA); Canadian Chamber of Commerce, An Analysis of the Adoption of Internet-based Technology, February 2017
3Forrester, Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Windows 10
4Testing conducted by Principled Technologies in July 2015 in a closed lab environment using OEM factory default images on a representative sample of Windows 7 devices. Each boot test was run 10 times and the averages compared. Average improvement in startup was 28%.
5Performance of 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors in Windows 10 devices, estimated based on Windows 8.1 Local HD Video Playback Power, Comparisons based on Intel® Core™ i5-6200U vs. Intel® Core™ i5-520UM

Benefits of Windows 10 Pro
1As measured by SEG562, which is an office productivity and multitasking workload using Microsoft Word* (save to PDF), Excel* (recalc), PowerPoint* (slide sort), and NXPowerLiteDesktop* (to shrink contents with office documents, kind of like compression), all while playing video in the background (simulating the watching of a business training or webcast).
2 Performance of 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors in Windows 10 devices, estimated based on Windows 8.1 Local HD Video Playback Power, Comparisons based on Intel® Core™ i5-6200U vs. Intel® Core™ i5-520UM
3Testing conducted by Principled Technologies in July 2015 in a closed lab environment using OEM factory default images on a representative sample of Windows 7 devices. Each boot test was run 10 times and the averages compared. Average improvement in startup was 28%.
4Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device.
5 Touch-capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately.
6Windows Hello with biometrics specialized hardware, a fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor, or other biometric sensor is required. Hardware-based protection of the Windows Hello credential/keys requires TPM 1.2 or greater. If no TPM exists or is configured, credentials/keys protection will be software-based.
7Thycoticand Cybersecurity Ventures Report, “The World will Need to Protect 300 Billion Passwords by 2020,” 2017
8Requires TPM 1.2 or greater for TPM-based key protection.

*Testing conducted by Principled Technologies in July 2015 in a closed lab environment using OEM factory default images on a representative sample of Windows 7 devices. Each boot test was run 10 times and the averages compared. Average improvement in startup was 28%.
**Performance of 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors in Windows 10 devices, estimated based on Windows 8.1 Local HD Video Playback Power, Comparisons based on Intel® Core™ i5-6200U vs. Intel® Core™ i5-520UM