Microsoft have announced the End Of Extended Support for some of its older products coming in January 2020.  Windows 7 being the most coveted due to the popularity the Operating System attracted.  It was the first Operating System post Windows XP that was stable enough for businesses to move onto.  As such, businesses have chosen to stay with it for so long just like they did with Windows XP previously.  This creates a dilemma for businesses and a challenge to us Service Providers!

Which Products are End of Support?

The main products which will be end of life in January are as follows,

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (All Editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2011
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010

End of Extended Support means no more patches.  No more patches means that any vulnerability discovered after the last available patch is open to exploitation.

Windows 7 vs Windows 10

It is estimated that around 39% of the worlds PC’s are still running Windows 7.  CyberBITS are working with local businesses to ensure that their computers stay up to date using Remote Monitoring and Management Technology.  Upgrading to Windows 10 is a straightforward process from Windows 7.  |Although they look slightly different it doesn’t take too long to adjust to the new interface.  Windows 10 is a stable Operating System and is updated twice every year with new features and functionality.  Once you move to Windows 10, as long as you keep everything up to date, there will be no more End of Extended Support as Microsoft have now changed their model which will not force businesses into the same trap again.

Office 365 on Windows 7

Although the Office 365 package technically runs on Windows 7 it is worth noting that it is not supported by Microsoft.  You will receive security updates for Office 365 but you won’t receive any Feature updates while it is running on Windows 7.  This could mean that you are missing out on key features that you would like to use.

If your PC is running Windows 7 it’s likely that it is at least 4-5 years old and could be costing you more than you realise.  Take a look at this article from Intel (one of the global leaders in computer processors).  It highlights the hidden costs of using older PC’s in your business.

 

Talk to us today and we can run a free, no obligation audit on your network to see how prepared you are for the upcoming challenges.  We will go through the detailed report with you so you know exactly what computers you have in your environment and where we need to focus to bring you up to date.