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End of life for Windows 7 – All you need to know

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A recent report suggests that Windows 7 is still in use on 39% of PCs. This means that the forthcoming end of life dates will affect many users who will need to start thinking about moving on from the trusted operating system.

Microsoft has announced some important end of life dates for popular products, such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. What this means in practice is that these products will no longer be supported by Microsoft.

When is it happening?

January 2020. Whilst this may seem a way off, it really isn’t. You need to start the process of planning and budgeting for any changes required now.

Why is it important?

From January 2020, Windows 7 will no longer be supported. This means that Microsoft will not provide security patch updates. Any machines still running this operating system will be vulnerable to hackers and potential security breaches. Not only is this against cyber security best practice, it could also result in a data breach leading to GDPR non-compliance and a hefty fine.

The dangers of running software that has reached end of life include:

  • Security: more vulnerable to security breaches
  • Compatibility: more likely to experience software incompatibilities which mean you are unable to upgrade to the latest products
  • Compliance: issues with data compliance, particularly in regulated industries, with the potential for hefty fines
  • Performance: higher operating costs with poorer performance and reliability

Other important products and dates to be aware of:

In addition to Windows 7, businesses need to be aware of the following products that are reaching end of life:

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 – July 2019
  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – January 2020
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 – January 2020
  • Exchange Server 2010 – January 2020
  • Office 2010 – October 2020
  • Windows 7 – January 2020

In summary, there are numerous end of life dates that businesses need to be aware, to avoid the associated risks that come with running unsupported software. We strongly recommend getting in touch to discuss your upgrade options and to ensure your systems remain protected.


 

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