In January 2020 Microsoft is ending the life of some of its most popular products, including Office 2010, Windows7, and selected business server software. That presents businesses everywhere with several problems along with the fact that when outdated software breaks, it can’t be fixed. Not only is Microsoft withdrawing this software,they’re ending all support for it too.
The way people do business has changed. Today’s working environment is flexible and globalised, with more people working from home and other remote locations. As the world becomes more connected, customers and staff expect to be able to access all the information they need from anywhere, at any time.
The digital transformation means that we’re no longer tied to desks – our offices move with us wherever we go. Microsoft has led the business software market for decades, and they’re now encouraging everyone to move to their popular cloud productivity suite Office 365.
If you’ve recently upgraded your IT infrastructure you’re less likely to be affected by the 2020 problem. That said, it’s always prudent to double check: even one device still running on the old software can put your entire organisation at risk.