2020 promises to be exciting for technology, we have had lots of predictions through both Films and TV to Elon Musk wanting to plan trips to Mars. With that, the 2020 problem has arisen as a new term spread across the Internet.
What is the 2020 Problem?
If you are not prepared for the 2020 problem now, you could be about to have serious compliance issues. The 2020 Problem signals the end of life for key software. 2020 is a new decade and it encourages change, we hear about people making New Year Resolutions and Microsoft is making their own by phasing out its old software in favour of the newer and more secure software.
What Is Microsoft Ending Support For?
The following software is under Microsoft’s current plan to phase out on the 14th January 2020, if you are reading this after the fact then you could be in breach of GDPR!
- Windows 7
- Office 2010
- Office 2016 for Mac
- Exchange 2010
- Project 2010
- SharePoint 2010
- Visio 2010
- Visual Studio 2010
- Server 2008
- Windows Server 1809
- Small Business Server 2011
Why Is Microsoft Phasing Out Old Software?
Older software can be difficult to update and to continually maintain old software becomes very difficult for a company to do.
Any development company will need to retain compatibility by keeping a section of staff on older projects, this can delay improvements and prevent new software from releasing on time. With Windows 10 Microsoft wants everyone to update and not just for security reasons but there are so many more productive reasons to do so.
Our Latest Blog Posts often talk about the productive benefits of Office 365, this is all developed with both productivity and security in mind.
Don’t Be Like Joe
Read our latest FREE Guide titled Are You Still Not Prepared For 2020 for a more in-depth look at what Microsoft is changing and why it is important to you because of GDPR. Don’t let Cyber Criminals take advantage of your business, making a change now can save you from a hefty fine or even bankruptcy!