For those of you who may not have heard, Microsoft Windows 7, Office 2010, Small Business Server 2011 and Exchange 2010 will soon come to EOL (End of Life) on January 14, 2020 and Windows 7, Office 2010, Small Business Server 2011 and Exchange 2010 support will also stop from Microsoft. But what does this actually mean for you as a business?
No more updates
Microsoft will stop releasing updates for these products. While you may think ‘yes, no more sitting around installing all those updates’, it’s actually bad news. Your systems will be left at risk, more vulnerable, open to infection and cyber attacks. Remember the NHS attack in 2017? They were running out dated software. Could your business afford such downtime and possible financial loss?
New software and hardware may not work
As Microsoft ends support, so will other software vendors. Google no longer supports Google Chrome on anything older than Windows 7. Most antivirus vendors no longer support older operating systems as it’s becoming increasingly more complex to support these older systems. Also Sage have stopped supporting anything older than Windows 7, meaning you may not be compliant with HMRC rules and regulations. You will no longer be able to buy a new off the shelf printer or software and expect it to work automatically.
You are probably sick of GDPR, but part of GDPR compliance is reducing risks by keeping software up to date. If your company suffered a data breach and it was down to out of date software, you could face fines of up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover – whichever is higher due to none compliance.
It is our recommendation that you seriously consider purchasing replacement machines, sooner rather than later! We can supply you brand new computers and can also transfer your data (documents, pictures, email) and programs from your current computer to a replacement machine and set it up for you.
Is your business ready for 2020? Call us on 01543 889 444 or fill in the form below to find out how we can help your business prepare.