About Us

IT Services

Understanding IT

News & Events



Contact Us

  • Register
2 minutes reading time (459 words)

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 Alternative IT Solutions, 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 (0)20 8498 4300.

Is USB Type-C the Answer for Fast Data Transfer?
Your Router Can Host Some Pretty Nasty Malware


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Cloud Business Computing Privacy Email Network Security Data Backup Google Tech Term Malware Microsoft Managed IT Services Hackers Outsourced IT VoIp Managed IT Services Cloud Computing Mobile Devices Software Data Recovery IT Support Innovation Internet User Tips Android Hardware Data Hosted Solutions Efficiency Backup Small Business BDR Saving Money How To Cybersecurity Communications Internet of Things Network Alert Cybercrime Communication Smartphones Ransomware Collaboration Windows Artificial Intelligence Browser IT Services Productivity Router Chrome Business Management Money Business Continuity Phishing Mobile Device Management Data Security Gadgets Two-factor Authentication Computers Smartphone Data Protection Connectivity Windows 10 Business Office 365 Vulnerability Remote Monitoring Facebook Disaster Recovery Social Media BYOD IT Management Applications Identity Theft Business Intelligence Social Engineering Managed IT Word Spam Telephone Systems Unsupported Software Website Computer Document Management Training Upgrade Windows 7 Comparison Information Law Enforcement Virtualization Server Data Storage Wi-Fi Encryption OneNote Operating System Employer-Employee Relationship Bring Your Own Device Spam Blocking Avoiding Downtime App Update Passwords Microsoft Office Networking Infrastructure Budget Apps CES Value Password Holiday Work/Life Balance Miscellaneous Private Cloud Data Breach Workers Content Management Credit Cards VPN Compliance Mobile Device Save Money Paperless Office Servers Redundancy IT Plan Blockchain Computer Fan Settings Accountants Machine Learning Cortana Enterprise Content Management Cast Knowledge Botnet Risk Management Conferencing PDF Wireless Charging Big Data Skype Amazon Outlook Hosted Computing Sync Content Filtering Office Tips Leadership HIPAA USB MSP The Internet of Things Software Tips YouTube Scam Google Apps Password Management Network Congestion Legal Travel Telecommuting Government Meetings Patch Management Marketing Business Mangement Devices Specifications Managed Service Recovery Wire Amazon Web Services Charger Frequently Asked Questions Inventory Information Technology Lifestyle Virtual Assistant Data Management Augmented Reality Black Market Voice over Internet Protocol NIST HaaS Criminal Addiction Remote Work Netflix Samsung Flash Gmail Thought Leadership Start Menu Millennials Solid State Drive Human Resources Sports Online Shopping Downtime Excel Proactive IT Access Control Regulations Mobile Computing Electronic Medical Records Telephone System Windows 10s Telephony Hiring/Firing Physical Security Smart Tech Cryptocurrency IT Consultant Audit Bandwidth Data loss SaaS Recycling Tools Workforce Staff Smart Office Mobility Evernote Cleaning Root Cause Analysis Tip of the week Flexibility IBM Authentication HVAC Multi-Factor Security Safe Mode Google Drive Cache Mobile Data Warehousing Entertainment Google Docs Theft Workplace Tips Screen Mirroring Current Events eWaste IT Support Digital Signature Software as a Service Keyboard Computer Care Windows Server 2008 Firewall Supercomputer Password Manager Nanotechnology Public Cloud Automation webinar Professional Services Fraud FENG HBO Practices Trending File Sharing Wireless Internet Line of Business Quick Tips Storage Save Time Education Unified Threat Management Managed Service Provider Consultation Safety Hacking Battery Business Technology Windows 10 Twitter Automobile Students Fiber-Optic IoT Company Culture Thank You Bata Backup Strategy Healthcare Cables Instant Messaging Computer Accessories Remote Worker Managing Stress Congratulations Assessment Analysis Electronic Health Records WiFi Unified Communications Business Owner Streaming Media Rootkit Proactive Bluetooth VoIP Employer Employee Relationship Vendor Management Wiring Insurance Two Factor Authentication Television Content Filter Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Worker Regulation Help Desk Health Loyalty Office Public Computer

Latest News & Events

Alternative IT Solutions is proud to announce the launch of our new website at https://www.alternative-IT.co.uk. The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our ser...

Contact Us

Learn more about what Alternative IT Solutions can do for your business.

Call Us Today
Call us today
(0)20 8498 4300

Avocet House, Trinity Park, Trinity Way
London, England E4 8TD