Did you know you could be relying on an unsupported operating system?
From 14th January 2020 Microsoft labelled the following operating systems as End of Life:
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2008 R2
So what does End of Life actually mean for this?
It means Microsoft has stopped releasing any new updates for these devices be they feature updates or security patches. As such they are at increased risk from malicious actors or malware. Also any ongoing/new bugs in these operating systems are now extremely unlikely to ever be fixed.
Now don’t panic just yet. There are viable upgrade paths for both Windows 7 and Server 2008/R2.
Windows 7 can be upgraded to Windows 10 and in most cases this can be done as an ‘in place’ upgrade meaning your files and applications will be retained and carried over and as long as your Apps support Windows 10 they should work and even many that don’t support Windows 10 officially have a good chance of working.
Windows Server 2008/R2 can be replaced with a new server running Windows Server 2016/2019 OR these days Office 365 with Azure AD and OneDrive/Sharepoint can replace a lot of what a server has traditionally been used for and may also be a cost effective option for you. Microsoft provide specific tools to make it as easy as it can be to move your data over to a new solution.
If you would like to know more please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01733 830555
We can review your current setup and the impact of upgrading/replacing any devices running Windows 7/Server 2008/R2 and provide you with the best options so you can make an informed decision and remain secure.