Microsoft has announced that they are ending their support for several of their products during 2020.
Now is the time to take a look at the changes, see if they affect you and start budgeting for upgrading your systems.
What support is ending and when?
Microsoft is withdrawing their support of Windows 7 which means they will no longer provide security updates.
Should your computer currently utilise Windows 7 and you choose not to upgrade, you will become more vulnerable to security risks
Support end date: January 2020
After October 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for issues, bug fixes for issues that are discovered and security fixes for vulnerabilities.
There are two main alternatives:
- Office 365 – the subscription version of Office. There are several plans available depending on your requirements. Office 365 has regular updates.
- Office 2019 – one-time purchase, one computer per license. You will have the same features that were available when office e 2019 was released.
Support end date: 13 October 2020
Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2010
Windows 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 support are being withdrawn in 2020. They will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.
Additionally, Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support for the operating system.
Again, this poses a significant risk to your business as any technology that isn’t protected by security updates will eventually be exploited.
A server operating system upgrade likely requires a new server and possibly new software.
Support end date: 14 January 2020
It is definitely something you should start looking at now so that you know your risks and any costs involved. It allows you time to plan when these changes should happen and have the budget in place rather than being caught off-guard.
We’d be happy to provide any support and advice that you may need.