19th September 2019Microsoft support ends for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Office 2010

Microsoft officially stops supporting Windows 7 on 14 January 2020. Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 also stop on 14 January 2020, and Office 2010 stops on 13 October 2020.

If you’re running systems using any of these, you need to act quickly to ensure you are running a safe and secure network after the cut off dates.

All the above products are now ‘end of life’, having been in the market place for around 10 years or more. Alternative Microsoft products now provide a more secure environment that is easier to support and update. If you continue to use unsupported products, it will mean your devices and network will be open to security breaches. Remember the Wanna-Cry ransomeware attack back in 2017? That was partially caused by old, unsupported and not updated software, not picking up the Wanna-Cry threat.

If you can’t afford to update your software all in one go, here is some guidance from NCSC (part of GCHQ) on how to operate with obsolete platforms.

For those who want and need to look at alternatives, SEGfL recommends Windows 10 as a replacement for Windows 7, Windows Server 2019 as a replacement for Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, and Office 2019 as a replacement for Office 2010. All of these can be purchased through the ThinkIT Framework. To get a quote, click here