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Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows 7, Server 2008, and Server 2008 R2, on January 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will no longer release updates and patches for vulnerabilities – including for Zero-Day exploits – making these systems less secure, more susceptible to viruses, and a greater risk to your network. Microsoft has also announced it will begin charging Windows 7 customers a monthly fee after January 14, 202, to keep their computers safe!
Healthcare organizations should note: HIPAA compliance requires that all systems be on a supported operating system.
Does This Affect Me?
Microsoft has developed this reference guide to help you determine which operating system your organization uses. If your workstations and laptops are running Windows OS 8.1 or 10, they are current and require no further action at this time – aside from regular patching.
What should I do?
2020 is not that far off when you consider typical budget cycles! Make a plan! MTS strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available or costly.
If Windows 7, Server 2008, and Server 2008 R2 are part of your current operating system, please contact us by December 31, 2019, to design a plan to replace all Windows 7 in your organization.