Time is running out for support for Windows 7, Server 2008, Exchange 2010 and Office 2010 with support due to be stopped in 2020. (Thats 1 year from now)
If you haven’t yet planned to upgrade you still have time but that is quickly running out. Change is always hard but running unsupported software is a risk that could bring down your business via an unpatched vulnerability. And let’s be honest 10 years is a long time to sweat an asset. Below is a filtered list of products, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hub/4095338/microsoft-lifecycle-policy
|14th January 2020||Windows 7 More info|
|14th January 2020||Server 2008 More info|
|14th January 2020||Exchange 2010 More info|
|13th October 2020||Office 2010 More info|
Microsoft have an interesting product for the SME called Microsoft 365, not to be confused with Office 365 or though you do get that as part of the subscription price. It includes Office, Windows 10 Pro, mobile device management, email and collaboration tools, user management, and lots of other security tools for a single per user subscription price (worth a look).
Those of you who have Cyber Essentials this will mean that you will lose the certification if you do not upgrade by the end of life dates as unsupported operating systems are a fail. Harsh but a necessary measure to ensure that a good basic level of security is maintained by running supported software.
Don’t forget that Windows 10 has a sneaky gotcha with it only supporting the last 3 feature updates unless you are on the long term servicing branch (you will know if you are). Windows 10 1709 being only supported until April this year (2019) so make sure you have 1803 or later ready to go before then to remain supported. More info here
If you have any questions please let us know.