End of Life: When Microsoft Products Become Obsolete

“End of life” is a daunting term, right? It’s so final, but it’s important to bring up in terms of technology – particularly Microsoft products and specifically Windows 7 and Office 2010.

I’ve worked with Microsoft products for many years. This is going to age me, but I think I started on Windows NT (yikes!). As we’ve cycled through the versions of Windows operating systems, there are things we love, things we didn’t think we could live without, and certainly from time to time, changes that make us wish for a previous version.

You may have also noticed, some versions are very popular and stable, others – not so much.

That brings me to Windows 7. Windows 7 Professional has been a very popular version of Microsoft’s operating system, so much so that not many of us ventured into Windows 8 territory, and some of us are even dragging our feet on moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, Windows 10 has a completely different look and feel, with tiles that float around, offerings to read the news and options to play Xbox. At times it seems like it was designed for those not working in an office setting.

So why did I call this blog entry “End of Life”? Because it’s coming – not only for Windows 7, but also for a very popular version of Microsoft Office – Office 2010. What does ‘end of life’ mean exactly? It means that you will no longer receive security and program updates, leaving your computer and network vulnerable. It means that if something goes really wrong, you will not have support options available through Microsoft. That’s why it’s important to migrate to a current product soon.

It’s not tomorrow – don’t panic – but it’s going to come sooner than you think. It’s time to start thinking about upgrading your operating systems and version of Office, if you are still using Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Because there are numerous versions of each (you know – Windows 7, Service Pack 1, etc.) the dates vary slightly – but here are the general guidelines:

Product                                                Mainstream Support                            Extended Support

Windows 7 Professional                     Ended 01/13/15                                     Ends 01/15/20

Office 2010 Professional                    Ended 10/13/15                                     Ends 10/13/20

Terrapin recommends that you start planning now for your migration to a new operating system and version of Office. Now, more than ever, there are new considerations. For example, will most firms continue upgrading their on premises Exchange server or migrate to Office 365 and Exchange Online?

Reach out to your Terrapin Technology representative and let’s start planning! If you have questions, we have answers.