January 14, 2020 – why should that data be important to computer users?
That is the official end of life date for may Microsoft products including: Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2, and the big one…Windows 7.
When we think of end of life for Microsoft products, we go back to XP. XP was around for a loooong time – 13 years! So why then is Windows 7 already moving towards end of life? It will have been in service for longer than we may realize – 11 years when it is finished. Believe it or not, Windows 10 has been on the market since 2014 – time flys!
So, what does this mean for you? Your computer will still work, but you will be vulnerable to exploits and bugs after January 14, 2020. No more security patches to eliminate these issues. Luckily, many users can upgrade to Windows 10. Many machines that came with Windows 7 installed, were sold with a Windows 10 license. For other machines however, they may have to be replaced or possibly, an operating system upgrade accomplished. Another option is to go to a virtual desktop environment or a Remote Desktop server, where all users get the same desktop but can potentially use their current equipment to connect – almost like the old “dumb terminals” of long ago.
With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft adopted a new policy for the sustainability of their products. This model is known as Windows as a Service (WaaS) and incorporates continuous updates and support for current product offerings, like Windows 10. You won’t need to upgrade to a new operating system or agonize over which one will be the least troublesome to implement. Windows 10 may look completely different ten years from now, but incremental updates will happen behind the scenes without a major disruption to business systems.
Some people may choose to stay on Windows 7, just as a small percentage decided to stay on Windows XP. Of course, there is a risk and we do not recommend it. If you have a compliance that you must adhere to (HIPAA, FINRA, SOX, etc), you have no option but to move to a newer operating system. Other products will also end in 2020 but later in the year – such as Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2, and Office 2010.
If you are thinking about an upgrade or replacement, your best option is to do it sooner rather than later in order to beat the crowd.
Should you have questions or please contact us at 309-680-2100.