Microsoft Ends Extended Support
for Windows 7 and Exchange 2010
Microsoft Ends Extended Support for Windows 7 and Exchange 2010
As we approach the new year on January 14, 2020, Microsoft has announced they will be ending their extended support for Windows 7 and Exchange 2010. On October 22, 2009, Microsoft made a commitment to provide ten years of product support for Windows 7, but as this ten-year period comes to an end, Microsoft will be discontinuing their support.
So, what does this mean for your business?
Microsoft will no longer be providing the following:
- Technical support for any issues
- Software updates
- Security updates or fixes
Although you can continue to use Windows 7 and your PC will still work and run as normal (on the surface), however under the surface, you are running the risk of becoming more vulnerable to viruses and malware. Companies who continue to operate under these systems will be potentially placing their data at risk, as Microsoft has stated they will no longer provide security updates and software updates too.
Steps to prepare – Windows 10
For most users who are currently using Windows 7, Microsoft has recommended updating to Windows 10. Microsoft suggests the best way to do this is on a new PC, as this is the best way to stay secure, experience new features and hardware capabilities of Windows 10. While it is still possible to install Windows 10 on your current PC, Microsoft highly recommends a new PC.
Follow these steps to migrate from Windows 7 to 10:
If you have any Windows devices running on any of the following:
- Windows 7 Pro
- Windows 8 Pro
- Windows 8.1 Pro
We recommend migrating from Windows 7 to Microsoft 365 Business as this subscription entitles you to a Windows 10 upgrade.
Windows 10 is a cloud-based system and one of the main benefits is the capability to work from anywhere, across all devices. 365 also includes the platforms you need – Outlook, Word, OneDrive, Excel, PowerPoint and more. By using Microsoft 365, your systems will always be kept up to date and when system updates are released you will get the latest office apps. Microsoft continually adds new features and capabilities and therefore, using 365 you will continue to have full access to this. Most importantly, you will have full support across email, chats, and calls.
A few more benefits to using Microsoft 365 include:
- Mix and match your plans for employees
- Advanced security features
- Collaboration using the cloud
- Reduces capital spend