Business Alert – Microsoft Announces End of Support Dates

Over the next two years we will see four Microsoft products still commonly used by businesses, all reach the end of their support life;  Windows 7, Exchange 2010, Server 2008, and Office 2010.

What does this mean for your business?  Once the software product reaches its end of life support date it will no longer receive critical security updates.  If at that point you continue to use the unsupported software your computer(s) will be more vulnerable to security attacks, malware and viruses.  If you are using any prior versions of the four software products listed you are already at considerable risk and should consider an immediate upgrade to protect your business.  Please see the following chart:

Microsoft Software Product Support Ending Dates Recommended Replacement
Windows 7 all versions January 14th, 2020 Windows 10, corresponding ver.
Exchange 2010 January 14th, 2020 Office 365 or Exchange 2016
Server 2008 January 14th, 2020 Server 2016
Office 2010 October 13th, 2020 Office 365, Office 2019*
Office 2019 October 14th, 2025 Office 365

*Please note – The Life Cycle of Office 2019 as a replacement for Office 2010 is only 5 years.

Planning software upgrades so that they are the most cost effective and least disruptive for your business is important.  Contact Shaw Computer Systems for help developing an upgrade implementation plan to keep your business secure.

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