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End of Support for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008

Are your IT Platforms Secure?

Issue: End of Support for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008

14th January 2020 saw the end of the supported life-cycle for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

According to Microsoft, this means that “there will be no additional:

  • Free security updates on-premises
  • Non-security updates
  • Free support options
  • Online technical content update”

Please see the following articles for further information:

Windows 7

Windows Server 2008

What does this mean?

Anyone using these platforms should be aware that Microsoft will no longer provide any support or updates for these operating systems. Although they will continue to run, it will leave machines vulnerable to potential security risks and hacking.

BBC News states that “Some companies rely heavily on applications that only work with Windows 7.”

Businesses can pay Microsoft if they want to continue getting updates for Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise.

The Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be available until 2023 for businesses of all sizes.

Charges range from $25 (£19) per device to $200 per device and increase each year. The costs will mount quickly for organisations with lots of computers.

For businesses, it is not always easy to upgrade to a newer operating system, Mr Ferguson said.

“There may be business-critical applications that will not run on newer operating systems, or there may be significant costs associated with upgrading those applications,” he said.

Places like hospitals and factories may have equipment that is designed to run exclusively on Windows 7.

“The user is not always able to upgrade without voiding the warranty,” said Rik Ferguson, Vice-President of Security Research at Trend Micro.

What should you do?

Where possible, your IT department/provider should plan to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. Any servers running any version of Windows Server 2008 will ideally need to be replaced.

As your Technical Partner, contact us if you need any advice.

Tel: 01992 661 244



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