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Microsoft Products Reach End of Support This Year – It’s Time To Make A Change

By:Christine Fettinger

End of Support Microsoft ProductsAll Windows products have lifecycles, so it’s no surprise that some will reach their end in 2017. It’s best to be prepared for when Microsoft products like Exchange Server 2007 and Sharepoint Server 2007 reach their end of support. Exchange Server 2007 support will end April 11, 2017 and Sharepoint Server 2007 support will be completed on October 10, 2017.

End of support does not mean that these systems will stop working, but it does mean it is time to upgrade. Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance for these products.

Here some more reasons to switch:

  • No more security updates: Regular security updates are integral for keeping critical business data safe. Malicious software and attackers are constantly evolving to take advantage of weak security points and unsupported products won’t keep up with them.
  • No more feature enhancements
  • No support for newer hardware: Extending your environments could become complicated and costly
  • Added complexity in integrating with newer enterprise applications: Much more modern applications don’t provide backward compatibility.

Additionally, these products are all a decade old now. Email server technology has evolved significantly since then, with new Exchange Servers greatly simplifying the creation of hybrid connectivity between Exchange infrastructure and Office 365, not to mention their improved support for collaboration scenarios.

Having the most up-to-date products is not always necessary, but running old, unsupported Microsoft products can negatively affect your business. They are less secure and harder to integrate with newer applications, so the best practice is to always and only run supported software.

If you’re still running Exchange Server 2007 or Sharepoint Server 2007, let us help with evaluating a transition to Office 365. Feel free to contact us by phone at (425) 274-1121 or by email at today.