When new technology comes out, older versions tend to get phased out. With Microsoft products, older versions have end of support (EOS) dates, meaning once that date passes those products will no longer receive security patches, software upgrades, and ongoing technical support.
While you may want the convenience of sticking with older versions of operating software such as Windows 7 or applications like Microsoft Office 2010, using products after their EOS date means you can’t properly update them – which creates a variety of risks. According to a recent study, 95% of data breaches could have easily been prevented with simple cybersecurity practices such as staying up-to-date with security patches.
The Risks of Continuing to Use Microsoft Products After EOS
While migrating to a new operating system or application may seem daunting, the security and operational risks of using products after EOS far outweigh the costs of upgrading. In particular, missing out on security patches by using a product after its EOS date could mean that you’re essentially leaving doors open for cybercriminals to walk through.
The ransomware WannaCry, for example, could have been prevented or limited if more organizations implemented the security patch that Microsoft put out before the attack, as CSO reports. Yet if you use Windows 7 and other products after their EOS dates, you won’t even have the option to implement these upgrades, as Microsoft will stop developing patches for these products.
Further, Microsoft will no longer release software upgrades for products after their EOS dates. This can cause these systems to run slower, miss out on new features, or become incompatible with certain applications. Without upgrades and patches, the products will eventually become virtually unusable.
Another risk is the lack of technical support from Microsoft after a product’s EOS date. If something happens, your business depends on swift resolution. Solving software issues will be much more challenging after EOS takes effect. As such,
it’s critical to migrate to a newer, supported version of the product you would like to use.
Which Microsoft Products Are Facing EOS?
The six key products facing EOS include:
- SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows 7
- Exchange Server 2010
- SharePoint 2010
- Office 2010
For an overview of Microsoft products facing EOS, including their EOS date and how to plan ahead, download our guide.
You Don’t Have to Migrate Alone
The benefits of upgrading don’t stop at risk mitigation. Newer products also come with new features, which makes upgrading all the more appealing. Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 offers a host of benefits for businesses, including:
- Faster start-up.
- Enhanced security.
- Simple provisioning.
- Versatile management.
At Peters & Associates, we know that migrating to a new product can seem overwhelming, and we’re here to make the transition easier for you. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner deeply experienced across Windows operating systems and products, we specialize in making companies’ migrations seamless and simple.
We’ll work with you to determine the configuration that works best for your organization. From licensing to personalization, we’ll be with you every step of