Microsoft Just Ended Support for Windows 8
As of Jan. 12, 2016, Windows 8 is now considered to be “unsupported” by Microsoft, meaning the company will no longer issues hotfixes or security updates for the operating system.
What this means to you: No More Security Patches and the serious potential for hackers to attack your system.
Should I panic: No, but you need to upgrade any Windows 8 systems to Windows 8.1.
Ok. How soon should I do this: You should do this immediately.
Can you help: Absolutely. The Atteberry Group can help you. Give us a call today at 213.393.5060 and we give you a free consultation on which of your Windows systems need to be upgraded and a plan for doing so.
Support for All Older Versions of Internet Explorer Ends January 12
After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will only support Internet Explorer 11 and later.
What this means:Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates for their older browsers.
What this means to you and your company: If you are not using IE 11, your computers will be more vulnerable to security hacks.
Time to panic: No. but you need to upgrade, even if you don’t use the browser because the IE browser brings with it a bunch of software components that are used by the operating system for various purposes.
What if I am running Vista or XP: IE 11 can’t run on these operating systems and we should be discussing a migration strategy to Windows 7 or later.
What should I do: Call The Atteberry Grouptoday at 213.393.5060. We can provide you with a free consultation to determine how to best move your organization to IE 11 with the least amount of effort.
Windows 10 Migration Anyone
In a recent article from Redmond Magazine, https://redmondmag.com/articles/2016/01/01/2016-marching-orders.aspx, the author laid out the theory that Windows 10 migrations would be a large part of IT work in 2016. But with support for Windows 7 running until January of 2020, I am not seeing a large number of Windows 10 migrations yet.
Gartner is predicting that 50% of enterprises will be migrating in 2017, which seems reasonable. By that time, several issues will be resolved and adoption can proceed.
The key to migrating to a new operating system remains your company’s needs. Here are several reasons to upgrade, but if your organization won’t benefit today, then waiting might make more sense.
• Simpler secure sign-on via Azure Active Directory
• Improved mobile device management (MDM)
• Greater control over updates
• Increased security
The Atteberry Group can help you assess your readiness and help you plan a migration strategy that focuses on your needs. Call us today at 213.393.5060 for a free consultation.
Why I am Recommending Against Migrating to Windows 10 For the Moment
We are all aware of Windows 10. Many of you are aware that you can upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free.
What a much smaller number of people know about, but are starting to report, are the networking issues that exist in Windows 10.
Issue #1 – VPN Software does not work with Windows 10. Older VPN software, such as the Cisco client, won’t work without some serious tweaking. So, with Windows 10, you can no longer access your work network easily.
Issue #2 – Virtual Adapters may not work. If you work with virtual machines, you may experience some serious issues with trying to use those virtual machines.
Issue #3 – Even after you fix these problems, the next round of Windows Updates will most likely break you networking again. I experienced this three different times in 2015. The automatic update broke my networking fixes. At which point, I went back to Windows 8.1.