The Windows XP retirement has become a bit of a nightmare, not in terms of security per se, but how some governments and organizations are using that as a base to go the open source route.
Nevertheless, Microsoft seems ready to go at it again — this time with Windows 7, the most popular operating system in the world, the platform that powers easily over half the desktop market.
The company has just issued some end of support warnings for a number of products, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Office 2010 Service Pack 1.
This new advisory rolled out earlier today warns users (and businesses) that support for a number of software products is coming to an end soon, and those running these solutions should make plans to upgrade to newer releases as soon as possible.
Windows 7 is the main focus here, and versions like Enterprise, Enterprise N, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Professional N, Starter, Starter N, Ultimate and Ultimate N will exit mainstream support on January 13, 2015.
These packages will, of course, still get extended support for another 5 years.
But Mary Jo Foley has followed this up, with a company warning that no matter the platform, the final transition to a newer version usually takes more time than expected:
“With the average Windows Server taking over 200 days to migrate, now it is the time to act and start planning for your migration. With the Architectural changes in 32 bit to 64 bit technology – everything changes in Windows Server 2012.”
Long story short, it is better to create a plan to upgrade to a newer version of the operating system, instead of waiting for the end of support date to inch nearer.