What does end of support mean?
End of support can have a dramatic impact on your business. It means no more updates or security patches from Microsoft, which can result in a less stable, less secure and non-compliant infrastructure.
Windows Vista originally launched in January 2007. Yesterday, on 11th April 2017 Microsoft ended support for the operating system. Although you can keep using Vista, Microsoft will no longer develop or release any updates. If a security vulnerability is discovered in the operating system it will never be fixed. This means you are much more open to viruses and malware attacks. Microsoft has also announced it will stop offering Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Vista.
After support ends, if your company has XP or Vista machines it will most likely fail to meet industry-wide compliance standards, including the forthcoming GDPR regulations. This could result in lost business or may dramatically increase the cost of doing business.
What can be done?
Our consultants will work with your IT staff to carefully plan a migration away from older operating systems to mainstream, supported platforms such as Windows 10. We are currently offering a free IT Healthcheck where we can also audit your servers and infrastructure to check for compliance and business risk. We leave you with an easy to understand report highlighting in non-technical terms areas requiring improvement. Where appropriate we would also look to see if we can make use of cloud based services such as Office 365, Microsoft Azure or Amazon S3.