September 18, 2019

12 steps for choosing a new radio automation system if Microsoft’s discontinued Windows 7 support affects you

It’s no secret that Microsoft is discontinuing Windows 7 support permanently as of January 14, 2020, but what does this mean for radio broadcasters? Unlike WideOrbit’s systems, some stations are finding that their hardware can’t be upgraded to Windows 10, forcing them into a complete system overhaul.

While this may seem like an overwhelming undertaking, with proper analysis, budgeting, and planning, station managers can use this opportunity to refresh their software for improved workflow and elevated listener experiences. For those that don’t know where to start – we’re here to help!

Follow these 12 steps to help simplify the switch to a new automation system that’s equipped for upgrades like this moving forward.

  1. Define the reason for change
  2. Identify key decision maker(s)
  3. Determine your needs
  4. Take note of integrations
  5. Create a vendor short list
  6. Hardware considerations
  7. IT considerations
  8. Demo potential products
  9. Plan your implementation
  10. Post-sale Support
  11. Get quotes
  12. Assess labor details

The good news? WideOrbit’s strong, flexible system is built for the ever-changing road ahead. If you would like to chat further about where your company is at in this process, or if you’re interested in learning more about WO Automation for Radio, please contact

Click here for a more detailed version of this list, with tips and tricks from our industry experts that you can implement right away!

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