Microsoft will be withdrawing support for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems from 14th January 2020. Find out what this means for your business and how we can help.

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the retirement of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, including the risks of not upgrading and the benefits of investing in new technology to protect your systems.


Why is support ending?

From Tuesday 14th January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

Windows 7 is Microsoft’s extremely popular PC operating system. Launched in 2009, around 39% of all PCs are believed to be currently running it. Likewise, Windows Server 2008 is Microsoft’s widely used server operating system that is used globally by millions.

However, Microsoft has a general policy of only supporting their products for 10 years and, with both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 now surpassing the decade mark, it’s time for the system to step aside for their successors.

If your business is still running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, it’s crucial that you update to new technology before the end of life date on 14th January 2020.


The risks of not upgrading

Once Microsoft stops supporting a system, no new features are released for it. Although systems might continue to work, there are some potentially serious consequences of running unsupported systems that you need to know about. These include:


A threat to your business’ security is the main risk of running an out of date system.

As unsupported products, Microsoft won’t be releasing any more product updates, security patches, bug fixes or online technical updates for either Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 after the 14th January 2020.

As a component of the Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support lifecycle. This means support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will also be discontinued.

This all means that, regardless of what security systems you might have in place, including anti-virus software, your business could potentially be exposed to viruses, malware, malicious attacks from hackers, and data theft.

So, if you don’t upgrade your business systems before the cut-off date, you will effectively be operating at your own risk when it comes to data security.

Compliance issues

Lack of security will lead to non-compliance with many regulatory bodies and industry standards.

Your compliance with data protection and ISO accreditation requirements may also be affected. This may pose serious implications to your bottom line and reputation.

Maintenance costs

If you don’t upgrade, be prepared for an increase in your maintenance costs, such as the cost of maintaining ageing hardware.


What are your upgrade options?

With less than a year to go, you’ll need to act quickly if you’re still using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 to avoid the risks of running unsupported software. Upgrading to the latest technology really is the only option to ensure your business stays productive, compliant and secure.

The good news is there are plenty of benefits to moving on to new operating systems, such as Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019.

End of support should be viewed as an opportunity for change, giving your business the platform to embrace technology and stay productive, compliant and secure . By upgrading to new software and taking advantage of the latest Microsoft features, you’ll benefit from increased efficiencies and enhanced productivity.

For example, Windows 10 offers enhanced compatibility and integration with cloud services such as Office 365. The system also benefits from enterprise-grade security, with more built-in security features to help protect you and your business from malicious threats.


How we can help

As a Microsoft Gold partner, we’re in the top 1% of partners globally, which means we can help you find the best solution to suit your business needs and requirements.

Our fully-qualified technicians will be able to guide you through the migration process, making the transition as seamless and hassle-free as possible.

Act now, before it’s too late

We strongly recommend that you start the migration process straight away to ensure your business continuity and any unnecessary disruption to operations.

Contact us today to speak to one of our technology experts who’ll be happy to advise on the best upgrade path and overall plan for your migration to new systems.