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Important Dates to Know for Windows 7 and Server 2008

Posted by Todd Schorle on February 20, 2019
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It seems like 2008 was just yesterday, all the rage in fashion was unnecessary vests, cell phones were pretty much still just phones and had buttons, Beyoncé was putting a ring on it and Breaking Bad had just premiered.

Windows Server 2008 and the desktop counterpart Windows 7, Despite the “2008” name wasn’t really publicly released in 2008, but that is when the bulk of development and testing completed. It might not seem like 10 years is a long time, but in the world of technology, ten years puts Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 operating systems in league with the Dinosaurs, meaning it’s about to meet its end.

January 14th, 2020 is the “sunset date” for Windows 2008 server and Windows 7 operating system. This date is just about a year away from the publication of this article, so you have some time to take action.

What a sunset date means:

Simply put, Microsoft will be ending public support for Windows 2008 Server and Windows 7 desktop operating systems. Without support, Microsoft will no longer provide security patches to computers and servers running this software. In HIPAA and PCI security terms, that translates to a requirement to upgraded or retired impacted systems and servers prior to the sunset date to remain compliant.

In reality, the software will continue to function, but it will put your data and continued operation at risk. The risk is real, because hackers will start to hold back newly discovered exploits over the next year, and once Microsoft “pulls the plug” those exploits will be exploited. We’ve seen this before with the end of life for Windows XP, and the reality is, no mission critical system that you depend on should be left on unsupported software.

That gives you 12 months to get a plan together to upgrade or replace systems still running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, and we are here to help.

The Section 179 Deduction Advantage:

Section 179 tax deduction enables businesses the ability to replace Windows 7 or Server 2008 systems and gain immediate tax savings. Small and medium-sized businesses who buy equipment may expense the entire cost of the purchase up to $1,000,000. Be sure to speak with your accounting professional and check out section179.org for answers to common questions on Section 179.

CompassMSP Equipment Lifecycle planning:

As part of our service, CompassMSP provides equipment lifecycle planning consultations. A quick call or email to our team and we can tell you exactly how many systems and servers at your company are impacted, and we can draw up replacement plans that will minimize impact to your team. Be sure to reach out to your account manager today to setup a time to review your options.