Two of Microsoft's most popular operating systems are less than 1 year from their end of life (EOL). After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7 or servers running Server 2008.
Sure, we all hate it when Microsoft updates force us to reboot our computers. But did you know that these updates are often critical security updates designed to keep your computers safe and secure? The Microsoft updates from December 2018 highlight the importance of these updates. Microsoft closed out 2018 with a release that included 39 security patches, with 9 of them listed as "Critical," and 30 of them listed as "Important" in severity. In that update were several vulnerabilities that were already known as being actively used to attack systems before the updates were released. Worse than that, it's the fourth month in a row that Microsoft patched Windows OS and application vulnerabilities that were already being exploited by hackers. Simply put, without these updates, your machine and your data aren't safe.
The EOL for Windows 7 means those devices should be transitioned to Windows 10 over the next year. Server 2008 devices should be upgraded to Server 2016 or 2019.
If you're not already planning this move, you're running out of time. An operating system upgrade is a process that requires planning and time if you want the best results. And if you're still running Windows 7 or Server 2008, then you may need a hardware upgrade as well. Summit Advisors can help you evaluate your needs and create a plan and budget to get you ready before the deadline. We offer a comprehensive set of products and services to keep your business running safely and efficiently.
The potential benefits of newer software and hardware include:
Let's start the conversation today to determine the best option for your business. The threats to your systems and data are real, and they're only increasing with each month of patches and updates from major software vendors. You need a plan. You need a partner who can help you manage the lifecycle of your hardware and software, and ensure the security of that investment along with providing the support that your users need to get their jobs done. Summit Advisors is that partner, give us a call today!
Some other notable end of life dates that are also coming:
For additional lifecycle dates for Microsoft products, search the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy.