Is your business running Windows 7, Server 2008, or Exchange 2010?

If so January 2020 is an important date to mark on your calendar. Why? Because following that date Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates for any of those programs. In simple terms - all devices running Windows 7, Server 2008, or Exchange 2010 after January 15th 2020 will be at a high risk of malware and virus attacks and could become a major security risk for the rest of your company. While this all may seem very sudden, it's important to remember that Windows 7 has been around since 2009. Similar to Windows XP (supported from 2001 - 2014) Microsoft made the commitment to the operating system for 10 years before withdrawing it’s support.

So why are we telling you about this now? 2020 is almost 2 years away! While that is true, transitioning from one operating system to another takes time, especially if you have many devices running them. Another thing to keep in mind is that while the extended support continues to 2020 the mainstream support (for Windows 7, and many versions of Server 2008 and Exchange 2010) has already ended. What’s the difference between mainstream support and extended support? Extended support only supplies essential security updates and paid support whereas mainstream includes all updates and support, such as non-security upgrade to the programs and aesthetic improvements.

Boiled down, what is the take-away from all this? Windows 7, Server 2008, and Exchange 2010 are coming to an end and it's time to move on. Need help figuring out what new operating system would work best for your company? Want help making the change over?

Give us a call at 613-817-1212 or send an email to and we would be happy to schedule a free consultation.