Microsoft have announced that on the 14 January 2020, a number of their software products will no longer receive support or patches including Windows 7.
Much like the end-of-life of Windows XP several years ago, this will likely impact a large number of businesses and organisations that rely heavily on these trusted platforms.
The countdown to this day has now well and truly started.
To help businesses prepare for this big impact change, we have prepared a brief guide below to best identify whether your systems are likely to be part of this end-of-life programme.
The following Microsoft products are included within this change Windows 7, Office 2010, Small Business Server 2011 and Server 2008. Our guide below will aid in detecting whether you rely on any of these platforms within your business.
Windows 7 Start Button
|Outlook 2010 Icon||Exchange 2010 WebMail Login||
SBS 2011 Remote Web Access
If you can see this round Windows button – this indicates your PC is running on Windows 7.
|If your Outlook icon matches this, you will be using the Office 2010 suite on your PC.||When accessing your WebMail service, does your login look like this? You’ll be accessing Exchange 2010.||
Does your Remote Web Access login match the above? You will be working from Small Business Server 2011.
Upon the deadline of January 2020 your computers and servers won’t stop working, everything will continue to function just as it does now. However, there are key compliance and security vulnerabilities to bare in mind and prepare for. They include the following:
Can no longer be fixed: It will become incredibly difficult, (and in some cases completely impossible), to repair and maintain unsupported systems. Being vulnerable to attack, there will be no patches available to provide defence. The line of business applications you use will also have their support phased out. You will be trapped on systems that could suffer from considerable downtime, with no fix available.
Security & GDPR Compliance: Protecting your business from Cyber Security threats and compliance to GDPR requires businesses to operate from supported computer systems. With support for these platforms coming to an end, you will become considerably more vulnerable to hackers and viruses. Therefore these products are deemed insecure as your sensitive information is immediately placed at risk.
Budgeting: Naturally, any IT change of this scale will mean that investment will be required on your part. The scale of such investment does largely depend on the volume of affected machines you have across all of these affected platforms. The sooner you have the details, the sooner you can start to budget for this change. With our advice, we’re helping businesses get prepared well ahead of the deadline.
It is now worth speaking to our expert advisors who can now begin the early stages of a migration strategy. A large number of businesses will need to replace servers by the deadline and this task requires a great deal of investigation and planning to minimise downtime during the process.
We will be encouraging all our customers, who are affected by these changes, to begin to think about this process over the coming months, but why don’t you contact us today for a chat about how we can help your company plan a well-managed and timely transition?
Contact us on email@example.com or speak to one of our advisors on 01268 288100