So, what is the 2020 problem? Well, we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but as from 14th January 2020, a whole lot of software will reach the end of its support life!
Simply put, in January 2020 Microsoft will no longer support and fix the software listed below:
- Small Business Server 2011
- Windows Server 2008
- Exchange 2010
- Windows 7
- Office 2010 (from October 2020)
Microsoft will abandon it to focus its teams on supporting newer software. This is obviously a big problem for businesses. So, if you’re a business owner or individual that uses all or any of the above, click through to this month’s guide to find out exactly how it will impact you because the countdown has begun.
With GDPR now in full swing and you’re up to date with your data protection responsibilities (we hope – if not, you need to talk to us), you might think this could be the perfect opportunity to just get on with work without having to worry about anything else for a while. But unfortunately, not, because as we all know, life is rarely that easy and the 2020 problem isn’t going away.
Don’t let the 2020 problem become your problem!
It’s estimated that 1 in 3 businesses rely on this software every day! If yours is one of the hundreds of thousands of businesses that do rely on this software – you need to upgrade. And since upgrading can take weeks or months to plan (depending on the size of your business) and implement correctly, the sensible thing to do is get right onto it now and not leave it until the last minute.
Which leads us on to another question. How do you know whether you’re using this stuff in your office? The vast majority of business owners and managers neither know nor care what tech they have, as long as it works. But it’s time to establish what you have and act accordingly.
We realise that it continually feels like one thing after another needs your attention, but between this guide and the dedicated 2020 READY website we’ve set up, there are some quick visual identifiers to see which products you and your colleagues are using. If you’re still not sure, then we’re here to calmly and efficiently take you through the process. We can help you identify, plan, budget and implement a smooth transition to banish your potential 2020 problem!
Remember that we’re here to help and if you’d like to discuss the above in more detail, or have any other IT related questions, please feel free to give us a call on 020 72 41 22 55 or fill out our contact form and we’ll quickly get back to you.