The United Kingdom NHS (National Health Service) is still
highly dependent on Windows 7, but things will change soon as
the organization will be finally upgrading to Windows 10. In
February, we reported that the
NHS has only 1 percent and 3 percent of its systems on
Windows 10 but it appears that the organization is ready to
upgrade all of its systems to Microsoft’s latest OS.
While Microsoft is still releasing updates and security patches
for Windows 7, the operating system is not as secure as Windows
10 and it will also reach the end of life in January 2020.
Needless to say, there are a couple of reasons why the NHS
should migrate to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
First and foremost, Windows 7 will no longer receive any
updates and patches in 2020. Considering that NHS is a big
organization, it needs more time to complete the upgrade
to Windows 10 operating system and work with Microsoft to
deal with the possible bugs. NHS is expected to accelerate
the migration to Windows 10 in near future.
“We know cyber attacks are a growing threat, so it is vital our
health and care organisations have secure systems which
patients trust,” Jeremy Hunt, the Health and Social Care
Windows 7 has already caused major trouble to the NHS
previously, and it certainly makes sense for the organization
to upgrade to Windows 10. Needless to say, the migration
process is complex as the organization could be using software
incompatible with Microsoft’s platform.
Windows 10 is more secure than Windows 7, and Microsoft’s
latest desktop OS was immune to the WannaCry attacks.
“We have been building the capability of NHS systems over a
number of years, but there is always more to do to future-proof
our NHS as far as reasonably possible against this threat. This
new technology will ensure the NHS can use the latest and most
resilient software available – something the public rightly
expect,” he added.
Earlier this year, DH reported that 1 percent systems used
by acute trusts and 3 percent used by mental health trusts are
running Windows 10. Windows 7 is on 74 percent and 76
percent of the systems respectively.
NHS has already confirmed that it’ll complete the upgrade to
Windows 10 before the end of support lands for Windows 7. The
organization is working with Microsoft to reduce compatibility
issues. Judging from the cooperation between Microsoft and NHS,
there’s a chance that the migration will complete before the
deadline and fewer challenges will be encountered.