Posts Tagged ‘End of Life’

Microsoft sounds 100-day DOOM KLAXON for Windows Server 2003

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Upgrade now or forget about disruptive mobile cloud innovation, says Redmond Microsoft wants you on the upgrade treadmill

Microsoft’s sounded the 100-day warning bell for Windows Server 2003, which exits supported status on July 14th.

Redmond’s rolling out the usual arguments for making the move to anything other than Server 2003: you’re going to be insecure; you’re missing out on the joy of virtualisation and automation, and the savings they generate; don’t even think about trying to do cloud or mobile with Windows Server 2003; by sticking with 2003 you’ve tied yourself to the CPU equivalent of a steam engine and there’s no future in that, and; no way can you be a disruptive innovator on a crusty old operating system like Windows Server 2003.

All of which are sound arguments. Why, then, are at least 57 per cent of the organisations Microsoft had Spiceworks poll still running at least one Windows Server 2003 instance 100 days from its implosion?

Mike Heald, Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise man in Australia, had no answer beyond an acknowledgement that apps are sometimes tightly coupled to servers and operating systems, which makes upgrades tricky. Especially for smaller businesses if they’re impecunious or tied to legacy apps.

Read More by Simon Sharwood

Windows 7 begins end of life process

Windows 7 begins end of life process

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 7 is to be exterminated by Microsoft as it enters its sixth year of existence.

The operating system went from mainstream support to extended support today (January 13th), meaning Microsoft will no longer offer free maintenance support.

Even those with paid licences will have to put their hand in their pockets if they are to want help with their computer.

Anyone still using this platform will no longer receive any updates, improvements or new features for Windows 7, leaving them little choice but to eventually upgrade to a newer version.

All versions of Windows 7 will expire in 2020; only the embedded version, which includes the automated installation kit will remain active.

Microsoft said on its Windows lifecycle page: “You can either install the latest available update or service pack, or you can upgrade to a newer version of Windows.”

Read More by Phil Tottman

Microsoft extends some XP security support

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Operating system still set for April axe but vendor extends some support programmes

Microsoft is planning on extending some security support for Windows XP past the widely publicised end-of-support date in April.

Thirteen-year-old Windows XP was always planned to be axed this April, and last year Microsoft, channel firms and migration specialists began to speak up about the benefits of migrating, a process which can take more than year.

After the cut-off date of 8 April, Microsoft will cease support for the OS which the software giant claims could leave users and businesses continuing to use it open to a range of security risks.

Read More by Hannah Breeze

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