It has been just over one year since Windows 7 reached end-of-life status. For security reasons, use of these outdated computers – as well as servers still running Windows Server 2008 – is highly discouraged. Several high-profile cybersecurity incidents at the end of 2020 illustrated that these devices are not only vulnerable to attacks from the internet, but attacks from compromised devices and people inside your own networks as well.
If you are unsure about the support status of workstations currently connected to your network, please contact RWA today for a network assessment. We will scan your server and all other devices for non-compliant software and equipment, then put together a plan to bring everything up to date.
Thanks to the cloud, there are now several options we can pursue when it comes to updating Windows 10 and keeping your environment secure.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium
For businesses with less than 300 employees, Microsoft 365 Business Premium comes with a Windows 10 upgrade entitlement for any operating system still running Windows 7. This bundle also includes Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the traditional Office 365 application suite, E-mail, Web Apps, and Microsoft Teams.
Windows 10 Retail
While the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 is officially over, you can still purchase Windows 10 Professional for $200. If you have Windows 10 Home and need to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, the upgrade cost is typically $100.
Windows 10 Enterprise
This full-featured version of Windows includes several features that are particularly important for supporting IT needs of large organizations – including detection of unique, targeted threats – but will require additional server software, configuration, and enterprise licenses to take full advantage of it. Monthly licensing of Windows 10 Enterprise starts at $7/month per computer.
The 2008 edition of Windows Server reached end-of-life several years ago, while Windows Server 2013 extended support will last until October 10, 2023.
We strongly recommend upgrading or replacing your servers that are currently unsupported to Windows Server 2019. New attacks targeting unsupported servers emerge every day, while foreign governments and unscrupulous corporations are quickly outpacing independent hackers as your largest threats.
Fortunately, many of your traditional services supported by an on-premises server can now be augmented or replaced by cloud services. One example is Azure File Sync, a service that puts your file shares in the cloud while replicating and synchronizing with your Windows Server 2019. Your employees gain the versatility of services like Dropbox and Google Drive, but at the fraction of the cost.