As we approach 2023, “of corpse” there is no better time to talk “Graveyard” than the month of October. When it comes to End of Life, most times we are referencing pieces of Microsoft’s ecosystem. Specifically, as they approach what is either called the end of active support. Alternatively, the very end of just security support (security updates for their aging software.) Let’s check in on what’s going End of Life soon.
Software and Operating Platforms Ending:
Earlier this year, Windows Server 2016 went EOL (January 11, 2022) for mainstream support. While some companies are covered with extended support, almost 70% of SMBs are not. This means 7 out of 10 SMBs running Server 2016, should be looking for the latest version of Windows Server.
If you’re worried about your versions of Microsoft Office and are still on Office 2013—you may want to be worried more about your sanity! Office 2013 goes completely out of support at the beginning of 2023 while Office 2019 goes from Active to just Security Support. Most organizations have moved over to a 365-subscription plan, and Bastionpoint is more than happy to help your business or non-profit do the same!
As far as the Windows OS goes, you’re good for the next couple of years, unless you are actively running something older than Windows 10. If you are still running XP, ME, Windows 7, or Windows 8—walk don’t run from graveside and work with your IT vendor to get the latest version. Make no bones about it, your security and your data are worth it!
While looking holistically across your footprint, there are many 3rd party and line of business applications that may need to be looked at as well. For instance, your Internet and Phone Contracts. Don’t sign a long contract or add additional services without consulting with an IT partner such as Bastionpoint Technology. We have saved new and prospective clients hundreds by not jumping on what was supposed to be “the next best thing.” Our experts can work with you on IT hardware and infrastructure upgrades, new computers, laptops, printers, and so much more. We can help before things reach the end of their life!
Bastionpoint only works with the most reputable vendors for its hardware and consumables. We offer our clients the flexibility of 3-year next-day (or more) hardware warranties that include damage protection. Stocking the latest generation of Business Classed HP devices, we are always prepared for your business’s next steps! There are many reasons to choose Bastionpoint, especially if you are near the Richmond, Virginia market. Outsourcing your IT has many benefits, lots of which are related to Cybersecurity. Being able to receive live, proactive support from a local engineer means you’re investing back in your local community. Additionally, you are partnering with a nimble firm that can support your growing needs. If your business or organization has a specific IT need, please recommend us to your business leaders or reach out for a consultation. We are here and happy to serve!