By Edward Dam | Owner of I.S. Service Technology Ltd.
“On January 14, 2020 the Windows 7 desktop/laptop operating system and the Windows 2008/2008R2 server operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This includes Small Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2011.”
What does “no longer supported” mean?
If you are a windows user, you have probably noticed that your computer(s) regularly get Windows Updates. The majority of these updates are security related (patching holes and bugs that hackers may try to exploit). As of Jan 14, 2020 – Microsoft will no longer be providing these updates for Windows 7 and Windows 2008.
What does this mean for you?
This means that any further problems/security risks found with these operating systems will not be fixed. As such, software programs will likely no longer be supporting those platforms as new versions come out (Quickbooks, Autocad, SAGE are a few examples that as of next year will no longer update on these platforms)
What do you need to do?
You need to move your systems onto supported operating systems prior to this date.
- On the desktop/laptop side, most computers that have been sold in the last 2 to 3 years will include a license we can use for Windows 10 (so you do not have to repurchase Windows). In some cases a RAM upgrade in the machine would be recommended to run Windows 10 smoothly, but that will vary from machine to machine. We can advise if this is the case for you.
- On the server side, this is a much more complicated situation. Please contact us to discuss your specific infrastructure so we can develop a plan to move you to a supported platform prior to Jan 14, 2020.
We know 2020 seems a long way away – but it’s only 6 months! We have experienced that a large number of businesses are still predominantly using Windows 7 on the desktop and Windows 2008 on the server side, which means there are a lot of computers and servers that need to be updated prior to that date to remain secure.
Contact ISService.ca to discuss your individual situations so they can put a plan in place to transition you to supported platforms with as little downtime and cost as possible.