Be prepared

Support to end for some popular Microsoft Windows operating systems

Microsoft is preparing to cease support for the popular Windows Server 2008/R2 and Windows 7 desktop systems. At the same time, the tech giant will also end support for the older Exchange 2010 email platform.

These operating systems probably run on your servers and at least some of your desktops/notebooks and will be unsupported as of 14 January, 2020.

A limited design life is built into all commercial software and while patches or updates are released regularly to fix bugs, update security or add new features, all systems are eventually replaced by more innovative and current versions.

It will be an enormous undertaking for businesses to replace these widely-used systems, but they won’t suddenly stop working. Rather, after January 2020, Microsoft will not write further security updates and newer software may not be compatible, leaving older systems vulnerable to threats or support difficulties.

If an in-house email system is more than five years old, there is a chance it could be running Exchange version 2010. As part of the upgrade process, Hood Sweeney Technology can help determine the best upgrade to meet the needs of your organisation, either by migrating to a newer, on premise version of Microsoft Exchange, or migrating to the cloud version, Office 365.

To minimise disruption to your business, Hood Sweeney can help you plan for the replacement of these systems, advising on what you need to do to prepare for the end date and migrate to the current versions for greater security, performance and innovation.

If you would like to find out more contact Hood Sweeney's Technology Services team on 1300 764 200 or email.