Support for Windows OS’s is nearing the end
After 10 years, support for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020. We know change can be difficult, so we are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and to answer questions about end of support and the impact to you and your organization.
While you could continue to use your Server running Server 2008 and/or your PC(s) running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware not to mention you’ll risk violating various compliances and regulations. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure and compliant is on Windows Server 2012 (server) and Windows 10 (PC’s).
Between now and then, the operating system (OS) is in an in-between phase known as “extended support.” During this phase, Microsoft is offering paid support, though not the complimentary support that comes with the license; and will continue to provide security updates, but not design and feature updates.
The end of the lifecycle for the above referenced products is set for January 2020. “End of life” means Microsoft will discontinue all support, including paid support; and all updates, including security updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
Answer: Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on certain hardware requirements with a full license.
Question: What happens if I continue to use Server 2008 or Windows 7?
Answer: You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.
Question: Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?
Answer: Yes! Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.
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