Businesses reminded to act on End-of-Life Microsoft Products


With only two months to go, businesses are being reminded to take action on two Microsoft products nearing End-of-Life.

On 14th January 2020, both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will become “End-of-Life” Microsoft products. Companies working with either of these products who fail to take action could result in huge risks for their business’ data, their supplier’s data and even their customer’s data. Add compliance and compatibility issues to the equation and they could be facing huge unexpected and unnecessary costs and a damaged reputation.

January might still seem like a long way off. However, companies who act early will not only avoid these potential pitfalls but will reap the benefits of a smooth transition allowing them to focus on the bigger picture, such as delivering growth and superior customer service.

“End-of-Life” means Microsoft will no longer offer support for these product versions and most worryingly, they will not issue any further security updates.

Out-of-date software is an instant easy target for hackers, viruses and malware. The server and entire network will become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. There is a risk of not only compromising the business’ own data, but potentially that of clients and suppliers too. This could be damaging to the brand and bottom line. Any data breach which can be traced back to out of date software can result in huge fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), because unpatched or out of date software is not GDPR compliant.

The latest versions of some software won’t be supported when running on End-of-Life platforms. Without support, businesses become subject to industry regulated non-compliance.

End-of-Life software can become a headache for businesses who just assume an upgrade will simply work across all systems without any big picture thinking. Unsuccessful implementation planning inevitably leads to inefficient users, system downtime and unnecessary costs. With so many options available, it can be confusing for businesses to know what step to take next.

Dominic Beck-Johnson, Managing Director of Quintech Computer Systems Ltd:

“What’s certain is that simply purchasing and installing or updating to the latest version of End-of-Life software will most certainly be problematic, time consuming and potentially counterproductive. To ensure systems are operating efficiently and to minimise risk and unnecessary costs, it’s vital businesses understand the implications of End-of-Life software to the business as a whole, not in isolation.”

Quintech have over 25 years’ experience partnering with companies across a broad range of industries to advise on the best IT solutions tailored to their needs. They will deliver a successful implementation without unnecessary disruption and worry.

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