If you are unaware, Microsoft made an announcement early last year that they are ceasing their technical support & updates for Windows 7 on 14 January 2020 & Microsoft Office 2010 on 13 October 2020.*
What does End of Life (EOL) mean?:
EOL simply means that security updates & support are no longer provided, and it is recommended that you upgrade to a newer operating system. If you happen to be one of those affected users, don’t worry, you are not alone, many corporate environments are still on it too. Read on to find out what this means for you and what you can do for your firm. Ceasing of support for Windows 7:
Do not panic, your PC will still work perfectly! However, you will no longer receive technical updates, bug fixes, security patches for Windows 7, leaving your device vulnerable to security threats (eg. Malware, software viruses, ransomware e.t.c.) In addition, related services for Windows 7 will also be discontinued over time.
What should you do?:
To prevent malicious attacks and loss of data, we strongly recommend you to upgrade to the latest operating systems such as Windows 10 to continue to receive support services from Microsoft.
What about Microsoft Office 2010?
Similar to Windows 7, EOL for Microsoft Office 2010 will also mean that you will no longer receive any technical updates and security patches. This will also leave your device prone to unwanted security threats. Although all of your Office 2010 apps will still continue to function as per normal, there will be no further updates to support content and most of the online help content will be retired as well.
If you happen to run Outlook in Microsoft Office 2010, unfortunately, your Outlook will longer work after that too.
What should you do?:
Since there are a few more months to go, it’s time to start to do some housekeeping and move onto other platforms like Microsoft Office 365, which they can provide you with the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safe.
We understand how complicated all these migrating of platforms & adapting to the new ones might be confusing too. If you are still unsure of what you should do for yourself and your team, fret not, we have a cost-effective solution for your business. Schedule a non-obligatory appointment with us today and let us help so you can focus on your business.
* You may find the official Microsoft statement here