Like many other legacy software, Microsoft will be ending their support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Exchange Server 2010. By January 2020, these platforms will no longer receive updates to fix security exploits and other issues. Any workstations or servers running this software will be vulnerable which will pose a severe threat to your business data and compliance. (Ex: HIPPA) 

 

7 Things You Need to Know:  

1.) Security is the main benefit of migrating - Windows 7 devices are 3.4 times more likely to be hit by ransomware than Windows 10 devices 

2.) Windows 10 update schedule - Windows 10 gets a new version released every six months 

3.) App compatibility - Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Desktop App Assure program, which provides free assistance with app compatibility remediation

4.) Sticking With Windows 7 - The only way to get security updates for Windows 7 past January 2020 - Extended Support offering  OR Windows Virtual Desktop solution 

5.) Staying on Windows 7: Extended Support - Microsoft will continue to offer security updates for Windows 7 for a fee (Estimated at $25+/device) and will increase over time 

6.) Staying on Windows 7: Windows Virtual Desktop - A virtualized version of Windows that runs on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform will also come with a cost associated 

7.) Time for a Hardware Refresh? There may be more to consider than just the migration for your business. The requirements for installing Windows 10 Pro include: a processor with a clock speed of at least 1 GHz, at least 1 GB of RAM and up to 20 GB of free hard drive space. 

 

 

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Source: CRN: Technology News for IT Channel Partners and Solution Providers