Counting down to Windows 7 End of Life

January 14, 2020 is less than 1 year away

Windows 7, Server 2008 (and R2), and Office 2010 have been around for 10 years now. Microsoft has completely ended support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. Office 2010 support is ending October 13, 2020. What does that mean for your organization?

This means that there will be no more security updates or any technical support from Microsoft. Operating systems that are no longer receiving security updates are potentially vulnerable to previously-undisclosed security flaws. Many software products will no longer run on Windows 7 or Server 2008. Additionally, any companies that are required to meet certain compliance standards such as HIPAA or PCI will no longer be in compliance.

If you have any of these products in your organization, now is the time to begin the upgrade process. There are many options available. Windows 7 can be upgraded to the latest version of Windows 10, though there are a few "gottchas".
Microsoft is moving away from the perpetual license model for their Office product. Instead, they recommend Office 365 for a subscription to the various products. The benefit of this product is that your product will always be up-to-date.

Any companies that are required to meet certain compliance standards such as HIPAA or PCI will no longer be in compliance.

It is now possible to purchase Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription, too. This is called Microsoft 365 (which is similar to Office 365, but also kind of different). These subscriptions can get confusing, so please feel free to reach out to us to discuss your upgrade options.