Microsoft will be withdrawing support for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems from 14th January 2020. Find out what this means for your business and how we can help.
Why is support ending?
Microsoft has a general policy of supporting their products for 10 years, both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 have now surpassed the decade mark.
From Tuesday 14th January 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.
Originally launched in 2009 and believed to still be running on around 39% of all PCs. Windows 7 has proven to be a very popular operating system.
Windows Server 2008 a widely used server operating system with installs still numbering in the millions.
Is your business is still running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, Then it’s crucial that you update before the end of life date on the 14th January 2020.
The risks of not upgrading
Although your systems will continue to work, once Microsft stops supporting a system, no new features or updates will be released, this can lead to some potentially serious consequences.
Running an out of date system poses a security risk and a threat to your business.
Microsoft won’t be releasing any further security patches, bug fixes, product updates or online technical updates for either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008.
As part of windows, Internet Explorer follows the same support lifecycle. This means that support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will also be discontinued.
All in all this means, regardless of what security systems you might have in place, including anti-virus software, your business could be ask risk from viruses, malware, malicious attacks and data theft.
If you don’t upgrade your systems before the January 14th 2020 cut-off date, you'll be operating at your own risk when it comes to your data.
Lack of security or out of date systems will lead to non-compliance with most regulatory bodies and industry standards.
Inturn your compliance with data protection, Cyber Essentials or ISO accreditation requirements may also be affected. This may pose serious implications to your operation and reputation of your business.
With only a few months to go, time is running out if you’re still using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, to avoid the risks of running unsupported software, upgrading to the latest version of windows is really the only option to ensure your business stays productive, compliant and secure.
On the plus side there are plenty of compelling reasons and benifits to upgrading to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.
The end of support can be viewed as great opportunity for change, Providing your business with a modern platform that enables you to stay productive whilst remaing compliant and secure at the same time
How we can help
As a provider of Microsoft software we can advise on the options available to help you find a solution that fits your business needs and efficiently perform any required migrations works.
Act now, before time runs out
Contact us today for advice on the best upgrade path and overall plan for your migration to new systems.