Microsoft End of Support Products in 2020

Consumerism. Many products and services that we purchased a decade ago may still work for us today, bit like our washing machine. It’s a more bit tethered around the edges from when we purchased it, may make a bit more noise than it use to, however like most of us who are waiting for the new Samsung Galaxy S20 range to come out know that technology continuously evolves to fit the audiences needs in the modern world today. That being said, I don’t rely on my washing machine to run and protect our business, it only has one simple function, to wash clothes.

As times change, customers, businesses and employees’ needs change as well. If they didn’t we may still be mailing orders the old fashioned way to distributors for customers that needed the products yesterday. We wouldn’t use the same technological tools to run against our competitors in the industry, nor would we use the same security methods developed a decade ago to protect our businesses from cyber-crime that has had a decade to evolve. Hence why it is vital to keep your business systems current and up to date with the latest security patches, software updates, performance improvements, and technological advances that the Microsoft modern workplace has to offer.

If you still have products that are end of life running your business we urge you to update your systems. With cyber-attacks becoming more sophisticated and frequent, running apps and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks. To express the reality of it all, ABTechnologies has seen with out of date systems in the past quarter:

Product Security
  • 2 clients’ systems hit with ransomware attacks.
    • Backups were recovered, this hasn’t always been the case.
  • 10 clients’ systems brute forced by outside presences.
    • 2 systems were accessed.
  • 3 clients’ businesses offline due to outdated servers.
    • Downtime averaged 1 week.

The upcoming end of support milestone doesn’t need to be a burden. See it as a great opportunity to transform your applications and infrastructure to take advantage of cloud computing and the latest versions of SQL Server and Windows Server. We are pleased to share various options and tools to help you manage this transition to carry your organization through the next decade. ABTechnologies are the only 1 of 2 companies skilled and offering Microsoft Teams Voice and the latest Windows Virtual Desktop solution in the Microsoft Marketplace in Australia!

If you would like to be contacted in regards to updating your IT infrastructure, improving your security compliance, or maybe you would like to find out how you can improve your business processes with the current technology and software being developed today, please contact our Customer Relations Team on 1300 705 062 or crm@abtechnologies.com.au , or for more information on which Microsoft products are ending in support in 2020, please visit: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4470235/products-ending-support-in-2020

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