(703) 288-9767    NTC Store
NTConnections Blog

NTConnections has been serving the Reston area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Save the Date: Microsoft Products End of Life

Save the Date: Microsoft Products End of Life

There are one of two reactions every person gets when they get a save-the-date card in the mail. They either are excited for an event or they realize that the event is going to cost them money. For today’s blog, we give you our version of save the date as some of the most widely used Microsoft products in recent memory are coming up on their end of support date, and for some businesses, this save-the-date might be bad news.

We know that unsupported software can be a complete nightmare. This is especially true if the unsupported software is a critical component of your company’s computing infrastructure. Microsoft has announced that they will be officially ending support for two major operating systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, on January 14, 2020. Both pieces of software are currently in their extended support periods, meaning that people can pay Microsoft to support the software, but after January 2020, neither piece of software will have any type of support available.

Windows 7
In 2016, all Windows 7 users were given the option to upgrade away from the OS to Microsoft’s newest OS, Windows 10. Users that didn’t take advantage of that offer have since had to pay for it, but if you haven’t upgraded away from Windows 7 by now, you are probably paying for support or not receiving any, both of which are not advantageous. By upgrading today, you will get ahead of what could be a major problem down the road. Waiting until the last minute to implement new versions of the OS is not recommended, since upgrading sometimes comes with hidden problems and legacy software issues that could put your whole organization at risk.

Windows Server 2008 R2
In what will be a larger problem for businesses, support for the already extended Windows Server 2008 R2 is definitely going away. For the last four years, Microsoft has insisted that anyone using Windows server 2008 R2 needs to upgrade, but since it kept offering extended support, businesses kept on using it. Well, Microsoft has announced the end is near for the decade-old server OS.

Newer versions of Windows Server have a lot of new options, especially in the arena of virtual environments. So while it is possible to swap out Server 2008 R2 for another Windows Server OS, the best course of action will be to scrap the old server altogether and upgrade to new infrastructure. Since there are substantial costs that go along with changing servers, companies still using the old software will want to do their best to start upgrading immediately.

At NTConnections, we can help any-sized business get upgraded, while finding you innovative options to reduce the capital costs of doing so. To find out more, contact us at (703) 288-9767.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Thursday, June 21 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Best Practices Privacy Hackers Business Computing Microsoft Productivity Hosted Solutions Internet Malware Backup Google Mobile Devices Efficiency VoIP Business IT Support IT Services Network Security Email Managed Service Provider Miscellaneous Innovation Server Data Workplace Tips Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Network Upgrade Software Windows Business Management Communication Computer Managed IT Services Saving Money Hardware Virtualization Browser Smartphone Save Money Android Mobile Device Management communications Smartphones Data Backup User Tips Holiday Cybercrime Outsourced IT Microsoft Office Windows 10 WiFi Internet of Things Computers BYOD Social Media Remote Monitoring Cloud Computing Operating System Mobile Computing Ransomware Hacking Chrome Big Data Data Recovery Small Business Automation Proactive IT Avoiding Downtime Managed IT Services Collaboration IT Solutions VPN Alert Application Apple Information Technology Passwords Office Marketing Budget The Internet of Things Tech Term Social Engineering Quick Tips BDR Employer-Employee Relationship Managed IT Bandwidth Artificial Intelligence Going Green Remote Computing Mobility Health Bring Your Own Device Recovery Cybersecurity Telephone Systems spam Gadgets Firewall Private Cloud Vulnerability How To Data Security Router Redundancy Office 365 Compliance IT Support Two-factor Authentication Data Protection Business Intelligence Wireless Technology User Error Document Management Vendor Management App Website Gmail iPhone Money Save Time History Phishing Tablet Entertainment Identity Theft Analytics Mouse Value Retail Memory Search Law Enforcement Data Management Networking Productivity Word Windows 10 Apps Connectivity Office Tips Risk Management Facebook PowerPoint Lithium-ion battery Excel Phone System Antivirus Content Filtering Downtime Administration Maintenance Human Resources SaaS Running Cable Training Safety HIPAA Government Skype Unified Threat Management Credit Cards Cleaning Meetings Mobile Office Customer Relationship Management Intranet HaaS Fax Server Black Market Best Available Solid State Drive People Applications Infrastructure Programming Network Congestion Data Storage Streaming Media Analysis Trending Internet Exlporer Data storage Workers Education Comparison IT Consultant Encryption Biometrics Windows 7 Sports Business Owner eWaste OneNote Humor USB Saving Time Statistics YouTube Hard Drives IT Management Mobile Device Servers Online Currency Work/Life Balance Outlook IT Plan Smart Tech Printer Physical Security DDoS CES Flexibility Data loss Unsupported Software Robot Current Events Google Drive Public Cloud Environment Content Management Update Remote Work Storage Charger Software Tips Virtual Desktop Practices IT service Unified Communications HVAC Telephony Touchpad Net Neutrality Hiring/Firing Relocation Computer Repair Hybrid Cloud Virtual Reality Blockchain Google Docs WIndows 7 Addiction Computer Care Uninterrupted Power Supply Hosted Computing Domains Theft Start Menu Audit IaaS PDF Bloatware Staff Spam Blocking Voice over Internet Protocol Managing Stress Cache HBO Customer Service Inventory Cortana Mobile Keyboard Touchscreen Screen Mirroring LinkedIn Entrepreneur Digital Signature Virus Multi-Factor Security Access Control Fraud Wireless Internet Frequently Asked Questions Tech Support Hacker Google Apps Professional Services Debate Computer Fan Lifestyle Cast Cost Management Strategy Computer Accessories Authentication Amazon Wire Tip of the week Shadow IT Wireless Files Science Tools FENG Video Surveillance Password Instant Messaging Cameras Nanotechnology Consultant Amazon Web Services Smart Office Windows Server 2008 Wi-Fi Shortcut SharePoint Colocation Windows 8 Password Manager Electronic Medical Records Accountants Printer Server Bluetooth Online Shopping Paperless Office Monitor Hosted Solution Computing Infrastructure Tablets Business Mangement Worker Commute Botnet Piracy Specifications Data Warehousing Notifications Legal Devices User Evernote Students Regulations Reputation Wearable Technology End of Support Recycling Travel Company Culture Licensing Millennials Windows 8.1 Update Samsung Social IoT Wireless Charging Healthcare Twitter NarrowBand Customers Internet exploMicrosoft Criminal Root Cause Analysis Workforce Thought Leadership Crowdfunding Best Practice Social Networking Fiber-Optic Electronic Health Records Flash Chromecast Patch Management Advertising Analyitcs Software as a Service Telecommuting Content Filter Insurance Settings Cables Machine Learning Sync Laptop Print Server Scam Distributed Denial of Service Windows Media Player Scalability Politics Transportation Users How to webinar Benefits Loyalty Conferencing Smart Technology Windows 10s Battery Experience Two Factor Authentication Assessment Music Television Troubleshooting Techology Public Computer Employer Employee Relationship Data Breach Automobile Books Emails CrashOverride IBM Emergency Webinar Worker Supercomputer Content IT solutions Rootkit Video Games Knowledge Audiobook Netflix