Back in June 2019, Microsoft announced that Windows 7, Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 would become end-of-life products early 2020. The date was set for January 14th, 2020. On this day, Microsoft will stop supporting these products, but what does that mean? Well, this means that Microsoft will stop producing security patches or updates, it will no longer be classed as a compliant system for some vendors and they will no longer support the operating system. However, this does not mean that your computer will mysteriously stop working. We have had many conversations with new clients panicking about the deadline, believing that their computers will stop working.
So, what are my options?
An in-place upgrade to Windows 10. Previously, Microsoft offered all Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE. However, they decided to stop this offer more recently. If you have opted in for this service, you are still able to receive it. For all new upgrades, there is now an upgrade cost.
How do I upgrade to Windows 10?
The first step is to decide if your existing hardware is reliable enough to last. If you are having to pay for the upgrade, you may want to bite-the-bullet and purchase newer hardware that comes with Windows 10. If your hardware is relatively new, then you can pay the small fee for the Windows 10 installer. We can also offer to manage all of this for you and for your company.
What about the other products, do they impact me?
Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 are normally used commercially or within small to medium businesses. If you are aware of using a small business server, or have an older server, then yes, this may affect you. If you are a business owner with a server and unsure on the products you use, then we are here to help. Give us a call to discuss your options.