Microsoft End of Support: The Important Updates You Need To Know

Microsoft’s vast software offering continues to evolve with the modern workplace, and 2019 is no different. 

2019 and 2020 are set to become the era of numerous end of support phases for many Microsoft products. The trade-off for software development is that end of support becomes a common occurrence. Ignoring these support notices can impact on your security and compliance stance.

According to Microsoft ‘end of support’ means security updates are no longer provided, and it’s recommended that you upgrade to the latest cloud or on premise version to remain secure.

Keeping record of software updates can be challenging. So here are the primary Microsoft end of support dates you need to know of:

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (9th July 2019)

Mainstream support for SQL Server 2008 which was first released in June 2008 originally ended on 8th July 2014. Now, the extended support for SQL Server 2008 R2 will end on 9th July of this year.

What does this mean?

Microsoft will release no further patches or security updates for any version of SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, which means your systems may no longer comply with data protection and cyber-security regulations.

Upgrading your SQL Server will ensure that your work remains fully supported and you also enjoy a range of product enhancements, bug fixes and security improvements that come with the latest software version.

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 On-premise & Cloud (14th January)

This end of support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 means the end of regular security updates.

What does this mean?

In its place, Microsoft has developed new options to help you upgrade. And if you need additional time to manage the transition, you can avail of three years ‘Extended Security Updates’ to keep your workloads protected beyond the deadline.

Here are two options your company can explore ahead of this specific end-of-support date:

  1. Migrate to Azure with free security updates

–  Rehost Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure

–  Get three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional charge and upgrade to a current version when your company is ready

–  Use existing licenses and save up to 80 per cent on Azure Virtual Machines with Azure Hybrid Benefit and Reserved Instances

  1. Upgrade on-premises and stay protected

– Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 for greater built-in security and container support

–  For continued protection beyond the deadline, buy up to three years of Extended Security Updates which covers only the servers you need while you upgrade

 

Sharepoint Server 2010 (October 2020)

This month marks the beginning of the 24-month countdown before SharePoint Server 2010 reaches the end of its extended support. Extended support for SharePoint Server 2010 will end in October 2020.

What does this mean?

For customers who want to upgrade to the latest version of SharePoint on-premises, you will first need to upgrade to 2013, 2016, and 2019.  Through advancements in both on-premises and hybrid cloud capabilities, SharePoint Server 2019 provides the benefits of years of cloud innovation, providing best in class IT and Developer experiences, along with new user experiences that work the way users work.

Customers can also migrate their data directly from SharePoint Server 2010 to 2013 or to SharePoint Online.

 

Microsoft Windows 7 (14th January)

All good things must end, even Windows 7. After 14 January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide automatic security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.

What does this mean?

After 14th January 2020, Windows 7 will continue to start and run, but users will no longer receive free updates or support from Microsoft. If you’re running a business, this leaves your data vulnerable to hackers and cyber-criminals. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.

Windows 10 will ensure that our customers continue to receive cumulative and most importantly security updates from Microsoft.

It will also empower our customers to use new Microsoft features such as

  • Windows Auto Pilot
  • Windows Information Protection]
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • Windows Hello for Business
  • One Drive Files on Demand
  • Windows Analytics
  • LEDBAT++ (Delivery Optimisation for Updates)

A one year support service for Windows 7 has also now been made available. Find out more about this in our feature: How To Extend Windows 7 Security Updates Past January 14, 2020.

Other Microsoft Software Updates:

July 9, 2019

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

January 14, 2020

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

Exchange Server 2010

Windows 7

Windows 7 for Embedded Systems

October 13, 2020

Office 2010 client

SharePoint 2010

Project Server 2010

Windows Embedded Standard 7

 

Our Microsoft Solutions Architect Sean O’Farrell advises: “Why is it so important to stay current? Primarily, you will be left without basic support and security updates. Technology has evolved and it’s now time to continue your company’s digital transformation journey.

“Enjoy improved management, performance and stability with the latest hardware support and updates. This will also deliver enhanced security against modern threat and zero-day attack.”

Changes and upgrades in technology are inevitable. Yet, there’s never been a better time to shift your organisation to a modern desktop with Microsoft.

Interested in experiencing a modern workplace with Microsoft? Evros is offering customers Office365 upgrade readiness assessment. For more information, talk to the Evros Microsoft Division today.