2014 doesn’t seem that long ago but it was the year that Microsoft decided to end support for Windows XP after 12 years. Now, merely 4 years later, Microsoft have announced that Windows 7 will go to ‘end of life’ in January 2020, meaning support for the operating system will stop.
Windows 7 is part of the Windows NT family of operating systems and was released in 2009, less than 3 years after its predecessor Windows Vista.
2020 may seem like a long way off, but with many users still having some (or many) Windows 7 machines, now is a good time to start planning their replacement or upgrade.
Not only that, but on the same date the following products will also go to ‘end of life’:
- Microsoft Server 2008/R2
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Microsoft Office 2010 also goes ‘end of life’, but not until the slightly later date of October 2020.
What does this mean?
Although these products will continue to function after their ‘end of life’ dates, it means that if any new bugs or exploits are found, then they will remain unpatched by Microsoft, leaving your computer and / or servers potentially open to new attacks.
In addition, it could mean that a user would receive no support from Microsoft in the event of a critical issue, such as a server failure.
What should I do?
It is highly recommended that if you are still on Windows 7 or use Microsoft Server 2008/R2, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 or Microsoft Office 2010, you need to consider replacing or upgrading your systems before the ‘end of life’ date. In an age where cyber-attacks are becoming all too common, it is imperative that organisations and individuals keep their systems up to date to reduce risks.
If you would like to discuss any of the above, or are unsure if you have any of the software affected, please feel free to speak with our technical team on 01522 883636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.