As you may have heard, Microsoft has announced the official end-of-life date for all Windows 2003 servers tentative on July 14, 2015. After this date, the Windows Server 2003 Operating System will no longer receive the following items:
- Security patches that help protect PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, malware, and other threatening software programs
- Assisted technical support from Microsoft regarding and supporting the operating system
- Software, security, and content updates
In the history of software programs, all products have a lifecycle. End of support refers to the date of when Microsoft will discontinue providing automatic fixes, updates, and online support. This is set to affect more than 12 million physical servers worldwide, 9.4 million of which are in North America, that are still running Windows Server 2003. Computers running this operating system will continue to work after support ends, but using this operating system is not recommended.
Computer systems running unsupported software, such as users who will continue to use Windows Server 2003 after July 14th of next year, are exposed to a higher risk to cybersecurity dangers, such as hacks, systems attacks, and loss of data. Users may also see complications with software and hardware compatibilities, as new software applications and hardware devices will not be built to support Windows Server 2003.
The date is fast approaching. We are only seven months away from seeing the end of the life of the Windows Server 2003. And if you happen to use this system, you will be affected. But lucky for you, MTI Tech Solutions’ technicians are skilled and certified in Windows operating systems, and we can help you. Call MTI today to update and upgrade your operating systems so that you, your company, and your computer won’t be affected by this unfortunate demise.