The Dance Macabre of IT: What Technology Is Dying at the End of the Year

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It’s spooky season, and nothing is scarier than booting up your computer on a Monday morning to discover your project management software or inventory system no longer works. Even more terrifying would be to learn that the manufacturer no longer supports that software, so you no longer have a way to get all your data back.

The dance macabre of IT is swift and unyielding. Many technologies are here one day and gone the next. Hardware is constantly getting faster, leaving slower tech in the dust. Software is moving to the cloud, making that shelf of software installation CDs useless.

If you’re finding it difficult to keep up, we’ve done some of the hard work for you so you can keep your tech in step with innovations and security updates. Here’s a look at what’s meeting its end-of-support date in the next few months.

Windows 7 Reaches End-of-Support on January 14, 2020

We’ve mentioned this a few times over the last few months, but for good reason. The Windows 7 operating system is still installed on nearly a third of all computers running Windows. That’s millions of machines.

Each machine that is running Windows 7 on January 14 will no longer be protected by regular security updates and routine maintenance. This presents a major opportunity for bad actors to take advantage of millions of Windows users. Don’t be among the victims. Upgrade your operating system to Windows 10 today.

WatchGuard AP100, AP102, and AP300 Reach End-of-Life on December 31, 2019

Several WatchGuard Wi-Fi access points will reach their end-of-life at the end of 2019. These devices keep your business’s Wi-Fi fast and secure. Several WatchGuard products are available to replace the AP100, AP102, and AP300. Give us a call at 320-558-6300 to discover your options.

Tech obsolescence is something to take seriously. Always install your software’s latest updates and have a plan for how you will upgrade your systems once they reach end-of-support or end-of-life. Now IT Connects is here to help.