RIP Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

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Have you heard Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2? It takes effect January, 14, 2020. This could have a huge impact on your business, both long- and short-term in terms of performance, security, and cost.

Many businesses are choosing to either do nothing or wait until the deadline gets closer. Keep reading to understand how that’s a huge risk to your business, and what you can do about it.

Many hardware platforms can simply be upgraded to the newest operating system, and in the case of computers, they can be upgraded for free. Read how here.

Yes, upgrades can be expensive, and in our decades of experience in IT, this is why Microsoft is ending support for these systems.

  1. It's old - Windows 7 Professional was launched in 2009. Technology changes rapidly, and it's simply not feasible to keep old operating systems around forever.
  2. Server 2008 R2 launched at the same time as Windows 7, so the same reason applies.
  3. It's about the money. Let's face it, Microsoft and other software companies make a lot of money by releasing new systems. It's planned obsolescence.
  4. Needs change. For example, the rate of change in the cyber threat landscape is staggering. This level of rapidly changing ransomware, malware, etc. couldn't have been adequately understood 10 years ago.
  5. Consumer demand changes. Today, so many services are cloud-based, and the majority of media is streaming. New operating systems provide access to the new features that consumers demand.
  6. New hardware. Old hardware breaks down, and new hardware is so much faster. Consumers want new hardware, and old operating systems can't readily leverage the features and benefits provided by new hardware.

A few things to keep in mind for 2019:

  • If you have any of these systems on your network (most businesses do), your current IT provider should have been talking with you about them since the middle of 2017, if not sooner.
  • With 175 million Windows 7 machines worldwide, and Intel experiencing a shortage of processors, waiting until we get close to 1/14/20 is not wise!
  • In addition to possible new computer shortages in 2019, IT people will be extremely busy replacing and upgrading these computers and servers. If you wait until the last minute, your IT person will have a lot less flexibility in their schedule than earlier in the year. You may have to allow the replacements and/or upgrades at a time that’s inconvenient to our business. IT providers may charge a premium for those businesses who wait until the last minute.
  • Many Windows 7 computers that are relatively new (3 years old or newer) can be upgraded to Windows 10 relatively easily.

Here are our favorite resources to help you in your upgrade journey!

Contact us today for a comprehensive evaluation to see which of your systems can be upgraded, and which need to be replaced. With our business focused approach to IT, we’ll help you make the wisest use of the money you’re going to spend on these upgrades.

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