Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 End Of Support
Both Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 are nearing their end of life, leaving you vulnerable if you continue to use devices running on either operating system. Hackers are already planning their moves to exploit those who continue to use Windows 7 and Server 2008 devices after their end of life.
According to the latest research, most people are using Windows 10, but Windows 7 is still in use by a significant number of desktop/laptop users. “It’s been a long fight, but according to NetMarketShare, the company’s latest OS is now in the number one spot for desktop/laptop users. After gradually reeling in Windows 7 over the last few years, 10 has a market share of 39.22 percent compared to 7’s 36.90 percent.”
There’s a good chance you have several devices within your home and place of business with the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 operating system. Buying devices with either of these operating systems is not a fiscally-responsible choice to your business. Your IT services provider should be actively coming up with a plan to help you phase out your Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 devices. If not, you should consider switching service providers. If you start planning today to make the switch to new devices and operating systems, you can adequately budget for the transition throughout the year. More importantly, you can come up with a systematic approach to replacing your affected devices.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, much like most other Microsoft products, came with predetermined support timelines. It’s pertinent to be aware of these timelines so that you know when to perform your operating system upgrades. Windows 7 stopped receiving conventional mainstream support from Microsoft back in January 2015, however, regular security patches are extended through January 2020; the same applies to Windows Server 2008. With the Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 end of life right around the corner, this means if you choose to use the products beyond January 14, 2020, you are doing so at your own risk. If you endure a loss of data related to a security issue, Microsoft is not going to take responsibility for it. Instead, you’ll have to reap the full consequences, which can be detrimental to your business.
How to Prepare for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 End of Life
The best way to prepare for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 end of life is to identify the machines that need to be upgraded. It may make sense to completely replace some of these machines, depending on their condition. Also important is to deploy security controls that separate your critical systems from the machines operating on Windows 7 or Server 2008 that cannot be upgraded or replaced. Lastly, all employees will need training on new system practices. Ideally, you are partnered with an IT services provider who will create and deploy a plan to ensure you are prepared for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 end of life.
Partnering with an IT services provider that is familiar with end of life transitions is valuable for a number of reasons. Not only can the services provider create and deploy a transition plan while you focus on other core operations, but it can also ensure that everything is upgraded or replaced correctly. This is imperative to ensuring all firewalls and anti-viruses are in place and working according to their fullest potential. More so, the services provider can create a plan that aligns with your current IT infrastructure. Your legacy systems are paramount to your operations, so it’s important that any and all new machines complement your existing IT network.
As technology continues to advance at an ever-rapid pace, it’s becoming more and more apparent that businesses learn how to cope with change. The Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 end of life is a huge change for millions of companies across the globe. It’s important to not view the transition as an expense but rather as an investment. Your employees and your business as a whole will greatly benefit from using some of Microsoft’s latest products once you make the switch.
How about your business? Are you adequately prepared to handle Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 end of life?