We’re in the final few months of Microsoft Windows Extended Support for Windows 7 and Server 2008, and there are still many organisations that won’t have upgraded or migrated by the 14th January 2020.
The ‘last resort’ option for these organisations that need to maintain this legacy software is to purchase Extended Security Updates which include critical and/or important security updates (as defined by Microsoft), which will be available up until 2023. Note that ESUs literally only include these updates – you don’t get new features, design changes, or customer-requested non-security updates.
Many of these organisations are tied into bespoke hardware, software, apps and equipment that’s designed to work on these systems and can’t be upgraded, or at least not easily. Some organisations forgot to plan and have realised that they would need to update their infrastructure or devices to be able to upgrade or migrate before the deadline, but don’t have the budget. If this is you, then ESUs mean that whilst working on getting in shape to upgrade, you can maintain security.
However, rather than a ‘last resort’ some organisations have told us that they’re not considering migrating/upgrading because they can purchase ESUs. Whilst this might save you time in the short-term, long-term the costs to your business will mount up.
Extended support updates
There will be available to businesses of all sizes until 2023. Cost will depend on the type of licence you use but will be charged per year, per device / server with no volume discounts available. The additional kicker is that each year the price will increase, giving you even more incentive to upgrade as soon as you can, and try to reduce the number of devices you need to cover each year.
Note that if you are running Server 2008 then you could take advantage of three years of extended support free when you migrate workloads to Azure Virtual Machines. This is a great way to start your journey to the cloud as it gives you three years to modernise or upgrade your applications, without the extra ESU cost.
The cost of missed opportunity
Windows 7 and Server 2008 were built for a different time, and though much used and relied upon, they simply don’t have all the features and functionality of later versions. You may not need them all, but in an increasingly competitive and technology driven world, failing to modernise can put your business at a disadvantage.
As well as the cost of ESUs, there’s also the cost of maintaining legacy software, and of course, the legacy hardware it runs on to consider. These costs alone can be enough to consider migration to the cloud or upgrade to Windows 10. If legacy devices are what’s preventing you upgrading, then consider new devices with Windows 10 pre-installed. As an end-to-end technology services provider and Microsoft Gold partner, Probrand can help with efficient sourcing of devices, migration, asset tagging, deployment, disposal and everything in between, so you can focus your attention on other priorities.
If you are able to upgrade / migrate before 14th January 2020 when free Windows Extended Support ends, you’ll not only save yourself the cost of ESUs each year, but you’ll be working with more modern software that supports increased productivity, security, and compliance.
Find out more:
Still running Windows 7? What you need to know right now
Still running Server 2008 / R2? What you need to know right now