RIP Windows 7

In less than 50 days, Microsoft will be laying the extended support for the following software packages to rest:

  • Windows 7
  • Office 2010
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Exchange 2010
  • Small Business Server 2011

But what does this mean for you and your business when support ends on 14th January 2020?

Unfixable – support ending means that if something breaks or goes wrong with the software, it won’t get fixed in the next update (at least by Microsoft)

Unsecure – like all software companies. Microsoft regularly pushes software patches, fixes and security updates out to their users over the Internet. But when a software package goes end of life – no more updates get pushed out – meaning that..

Hacker Happy – the hacker community prey on businesses that user software that is not up to date and no longer supported by the vendor, purely because they know that these vendors won’t be looking.

Compliance – by using end-of-life / unsupported software in your business you could be opening your business up to fines – as they are deemed unsuitable under current Data Protection legislation.

(Dis) Integration – you may find that newer updates of some your business-critical applications may stop running at maximum efficiency if they work at all…

These are just a few of the things that could go wrong if you fail to act… not forgetting to mention some of the more general implications that could happen:

  • Possible data loss
  • Possible loss of sales
  • Loss of productivity
  • Damage to your business and brand

If you are yet to act on this – time is ticking and unfortunately, a company-wide deployment or upgrade can take months to plan and implement successfully. There are thousands of businesses out there still unprepared, and if your business is one of them… Be IT Smart and get in touch.