From 14 January 2020, Microsoft will cease extended support for a number of end of life operating systems.
Businesses and organisations still using the software are urged to update to a current operating system before the end of extended support date.
The operating systems that lose extended support as of 14 January 2020 are:
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008
- Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011
What should you do to prepare?
It is essential for your data and network security to have a migration plan completed by the end of extended support date in January 2020.
Each organisation will have different requirements. You may have no action required, a couple of computers may need to be upgraded or a significant server migration could be necessary.
Your Sentrian Client Services Manager will be in contact with you soon to discuss your specific requirements. Otherwise feel free to contact them at any time.
What does the end of support date mean?
Microsoft will no longer support the software by no longer providing:
- Technical support for issues
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered
Any device running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows SBS 2008 or Windows SBS 2011 will continue to function but will no longer receive any software updates. This will leave the software vulnerable to any security flaws found after January.
You may also find other software vendors will stop supporting the operating systems as well.
Time is running out to be prepared
We first advised the end of support date for Windows 7 back in January 2019. With less than six months to go, time is running out to migrate and remain secure.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also advising organisations to be aware that Microsoft Office 2010 will reach its end of extended support in October 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact your Sentrian Client Services Manager.