It seems like Microsoft makes a new product announcement every other day, doesn’t it? When you’re focused on your workday and growing your business, it can feel impossible to keep up.
However, missing a major announcement can have a big impact on your business, especially if you miss an End of Support announcement. When Microsoft stops supporting a product and you don’t have a replacement plan in place, your business is in immediate danger of cyberattacks, decreased performance, and integrity failure.
Upcoming Microsoft End of Support Dates
- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. January 14, 2020
- SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. July 9, 2019
- Windows 7. January 14, 2020
- Office 2010. October 13, 2020
Why Should I Care?
If your business still depends on any of these products, now is the time to take action. If you continue to depend on these programs after their End of Support dates, you’re at risk for the following:
Without continued support from Microsoft, these software products will no longer receive updates or security patches. If a hacker can identify any backdoor in the software, it’ll exist forever. Essentially, it’s like letting one burglar know you hid a spare key under the welcome mat and turning a blind eye while they share that information with every burglar in the criminal underground.
Have you ever booted up an old laptop and tried to get any work done? Everything slows down, newer software and applications don’t work, and your productivity comes to a screeching halt. When you refuse to update your software, you’re putting your business’s performance at risk. As time goes on, it’ll be more difficult to implement new tools and applications, since they will be less likely to integrate with unsafe, unsupported hardware.
Facing the Unknown
By continuing to operate your business using unsupported software, you’re setting yourself up for failure down the road. Expert troubleshooting will be harder to find. Support tickets will sit open. Hackers could steal or manipulate your data at any time. These issues will eventually impact your customer satisfaction and paralyze your business’s reputation.
Start Planning Your Future Now
Does your business still depend on Windows Server, SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, Windows 7, Office 2010, or Office 2016? Don’t panic. There’s still time to start planning for these upcoming End of Support dates. As a Microsoft Partner Seller (P-Seller), High Touch is fully equipped to answer your questions, including how to upgrade to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Office 365, and more.Get In Touch