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Over the next 18 months, several Microsoft products are leaving extended support, which means they will no longer receive security updates and patches from the vendor.

This makes them vulnerable to attack, potentially unstable, and less likely to be usable for new software installations or upgrades. As such, we recommend that you move away from these products before these dates.

The products, and the dates that mainstream support ends, are:

  • Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 – 14th January 2020
  • Windows 7 – 14th January 2020
  • SQL Server 2008/2008R2 – 8th July 2019
  • Exchange Server 2010 – 14th January 2020
  • Office 2010 – 13th October 2020
  • SharePoint 2010 – 13th October 2020

Risks that will arise if you don’t upgrade your systems

Microsoft products will be targeted aggressively by cyber criminals once their support period ends. If you do not upgrade your operating systems the following risks will arise:

  • High risk of cyber-attack (e.g. NHS attack last year) or reliability issues, as Microsoft will not issue patches.
  • Any security audits/compliance will likely fail if end of life products are in use potentially resulting in a fine or loss of business.
  • Taylor Made cannot support end of life Microsoft products on a fixed price basis.
  • New applications, or upgrades, may not run on end of life products or be unsupported by their vendor.

Benefits of upgrading your systems include:

  • Modern user experience for Citrix/RDS users
  • Improved performance, reliability and security
  • Support for future application requirements
  • Modern client device support

In summary, due to the associated security risks to your business, we highly recommend any business running on the Microsoft systems (listed above) look to replace or upgrade these at your earliest opportunity.

This will ensure your business is not at risk from un-protected security vulnerabilities and un-budgeted support costs, as a result of vulnerable systems.

For more information on the Microsoft products that are leaving extended support contact our team of experts today on enquiries@tmcs.co.uk or 01329 239900.

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