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Something which all businesses need to be aware of are the end of life dates for Microsoft products.

If you aren’t keeping up to date across all applications, and including the operating systems they run on, then you risk significant impact on your business.

Unsupported products are no longer patched with security updates, and thus leave yourself open for any newly discovered flaws which are being discovered on a daily basis, many of which are widely reported by the media.

Just today, whilst I write this blog, another flaw has surfaced in the popular Microsoft application, Notepad.

If you wish to obtain the national Cyber Essentials accreditation, then running unsupported software with immediately fail you.

Below is a list of products which, if you are still running – need to be upgraded by their End of Support Date.

ProductsEnd of Support Date
Exchange Server 2010
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008
Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
Windows Server Update Services 3.0
January 14, 2020
Office 2010
Project 2010
SharePoint Server 2010
Windows Embedded Standard 7
Office 2016 for Mac
October 13, 2020

Common products which are already out of their End of Support Date are below:

ProductsEnd of Support Date
Exchange Server 2007
Windows Vista
April 11, 2017
Office for Mac 2011
Office 2007
SharePoint Server 2007
October 10, 2017
Windows 8
Windows XP Embedded
January 12, 2016
Microsoft SQL Server 2014July 12, 2016
SQL Server 2005April 12, 2016
Exchange Server 2013
Office 2013
SharePoint Server 2013
April 14, 2015

If you are still running any of these operating systems, or applications, then it’s very important that you seek to upgrade them immediately.

For those of you still running Windows 7, Microsoft have a great way to upgrade to Windows 10 through their Microsoft 365 E3 Plan, which provides a Windows 10 license alongside a number of other software packages. Exchange email, SharePoint, OneDrive document storage, Microsoft Teams for collaboration, security and centralised management all under one roof.

Of course, if you need any help whatsoever in upgrading then give us a call and we can talk through some options.