Microsoft is ending support of Small Business Server, Server 2008, and Windows 7. Windows 10 has been out for several years, but many people have opted to stay with Windows 7. All good things must come to an end, and the end is coming for these products. But what happens when that end does come? When is it? What should you do? I want to take this opportunity to inform you of these changes so that you can prepare for the upcoming transition.
When Will Support for These Products End?
Mainstream support for these products ended in January 2015. Microsoft continues to provide extended support for five years after mainstream support ends, meaning extended support will end in January 2020. We are taking appointments now to educate businesses on these changes. Please don’t wait until last minute to learn more about the upcoming changes.
What Will Happen When Extended Support Ends?
Microsoft will no longer support your older operating systems with any type of patches whatsoever. That means that your machine will be at risk and potentially dangerous to use. Hackers will target these systems that are still out there that are no longer being serviced.
Should You Act Now?
There is about a year to figure out the best course of action. No matter what you do, or when, make sure you call us to schedule an appointment to discuss the changes. We can look at your current technology requirements to make sure everything is compatible, find viable workarounds and tell you whether any hardware or software need to be replaced before upgrading.
If you don’t take action by 2020, you will put your business’s data at risk by using an unsecured operating system.
Many will find the transition to the new Windows products easier than they thought. Sure, there will be changes, and it will look different. But at the end of the day, it is still Windows. We wanted to provide ample notice of the changes in order to allow you to prepare for the necessary updates. Whether you upgrade your existing computer or replace it, we can make recommendations and help you every step of the way.
Give us a call today, let’s talk: (978) 561-6025