This January, Microsoft will discontinue all support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, including any type of security patches. With five years’ notice you’d think that most companies would have abandoned Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 with plenty of time to spare.
Yet we are only a few months away from those operating systems being completely unsupported and there are still millions of people using them. As of June 2019, 36 percent of active use PCs are running Windows 7, which means there are a lot of desktop and laptop users well overdue for an upgrade. On the server side of things, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 is believed to still represent 40 percent of the total server OS market, and more than half of enterprise applications are still running on those soon-to-be-outdated platforms.
For clients still running applications on Windows 2008 servers, MSPs have an opportunity to help them select one of three potential paths forward: getting current on the Windows Server platform, migrating their applications to the cloud or constructing a hybrid solution.
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