A number of Microsoft’s operating systems are going end of support in January 2020 - only 15 months away! It is now time to starting replacing these with the newer more modern operating systems.
Microsoft has two levels of support for its products. The first is Mainstream Support and then End of Support. The one we need to worry about is the End of Support. Once this has ended, if a vulnerability is found, Microsoft is under no obligation to fix the vulnerability. This can leave your whole business at risk of a cyber-breach and being in breach of the Australian Governments Reasonable steps to secure data.
End of life desktop operating systems are:
- Windows XP in 2014
- Windows Vista 2017
- Windows 7 2010
Most of the workstations with these operating systems would be over 3 years old so upgrading them would be uneconomical, so we suggest a full replacement.
End of life server operating systems are:
- Server 2008 and 2008r2 is January 2020
- Small Business Server 2011 is January 2020
Your Account Manager will be talking to you regarding replacing these computers and servers, which will allow you to budget for the upgrades and for us to plan them and schedule resources.
Here’s a link to Microsoft’s official “Support lifecycle fact sheet” for more information
As always my phone is on if you want to chat with me about the upgrades.