Retirement of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

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It’ll be here before you know it – January 14, 2020, Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 both reach end of life. In IT, end of life (EOL) is a term describing the end of support for hardware and software. This means the manufacturer will no longer fix flaws, bugs, or vulnerabilities. Therefore, Microsoft will no longer issue any software updates of any kind, and most importantly with cyber threats being so prolific and harmful, they will no longer issue ANY security updates after 1/14/20. You can still use EOL products, but at your own risk. As a matter of fact, cyber thieves are likely creating malware for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 NOW in anticipation of this important date. You may recall that immediately after Windows XP reached EOL, a number of viruses were released, including the infamous WannaCry ransomware attack.

NetEffect has hundreds of these systems under management, so it’s important to get your system upgrades on our calendar now to ensure you meet this critical deadline. It’ll be a matter of first come, first served, and businesses who wait until the last minute will have a very high risk exposure. Also, if you’re on a flat monthly support agreement with us, any work we perform on EOL hardware and software is NOT covered by your agreement, and will be billed by the hour.