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Tech Update: Windows drops support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

The date is drawing near…the date Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. This may not seem like a big deal to you since you likely have anti-virus and other security features in place to keep you safe. Unfortunately, that is not the case. When Microsoft stops supporting specific operating systems, that means they will no longer be pushing out updates and patches. These updates and patches help to fix vulnerabilities in the operating system. Devices that are not updated are also more likely to be targeted by intruders, which is often common in cyberattacks.

Anti-virus is necessary to protect your machine as well, but instead of the intrusion that can happen with an outdated OS, it is protecting against viruses and spyware. Usually anti-virus will support one operating system behind what is supported by Microsoft.  If you wait too long, your anti-virus will not be supported either.

As your systems become older, newer software will be unable to function on the old operating systems. Software companies strive to keep their products up-to-date to work on the newest operating systems, which will prevent them from focusing on the older versions.

The support of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will officially end on January 14, 2020. Make sure to update your machines before then to keep yourself and your company protected. If you are in need of guidance, we would be happy to work with you to find the machine that would best fit your needs.


December 10, 2019