Support Ending for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server!
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will be ending mainstream service for their highly popular Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide support or patches unless an organization has purchased a special extended support agreement.
How will users be affected?
- You will stop receiving security and feature updates.
- Your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks.
- You will be more susceptible to a cyber breach and potential data loss.
All software and hardware have an effective service lifecycle and Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 have been in operation for many years. Their planned end of support means that after Jan. 14, 2020 all previously free security updates, software fixes & patches, support options, and online technical content will end.
Previously, we’ve seen many real-world attacks that were possible because vulnerabilities were left unpatched in out-of-date operating system. Without ongoing security updates, the number of unpatched vulnerabilities will continue to grow, placing devices at greater and greater risk to an organization over time. Having those vulnerabilities doesn’t ensure an organization will be attacked, but it certainly does make it more possible.
The security vulnerabilities alone should be reason enough to drive your business to decide to shift to a new solution. Cybercrime accounts for over billions of dollars of lost revenue and expenses for businesses each year, and a lack of security updates and patches can provide hackers with a door directly into your most valuable digital systems and information.
Sagacent Technologies highly recommends that organizations immediately review their options for upgrading desktops and laptops to Windows 10. For servers, both Windows Server 2019 for on-premise solutions and Microsoft Azure for migrating to cloud-based solutions, are great options.
Putting off these important upgrades may be very dangerous. We are already seeing constrained computer hardware stock from the millions of organizations who are still trying to upgrade their hardware to meet requirements of a newer operating system.
If you would like to discuss your specific situation and options, please feel free to contact us today: Click here to email us, call our President Ed Correia at (408) 478-2597 or fill out the form and we will contact you.