Staying On Windows 7 ESU Will Be Much More Costly Than You Might Realize

Today is the day — Windows 7 is officially at the end of its life. From now on, any organization still running Windows 7 has to go on extended support, called Extended Security Updates (ESU). At this point, if your organization hasn't migrated to Windows 10, you will have no choice but to go on the first year of support.

But what are the costs and risks associated with not migrating to Windows 10, especially if you use all three years of ESU? Today, I want to delve deeper into what you are looking at in terms of financial implications, security issues you might run into, competitive disadvantages you are creating for yourself, as well as the employee and manpower side of things. But before we dive into that, let's review some quick facts about the Extended Security Updates.

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App Performance Testing Is Now More Important Than Ever With Evergreen IT

When I started application packaging twenty years ago, Microsoft had only just released its installer called MSIEXEC.EXE. The primary goal of Microsoft Installer was to create a generic way to install and uninstall applications on Windows while allowing you to manage and version-control in a structured way.

Back then, Microsoft needed this for its new Office 2000 setup routine on Windows NT and Windows 95 to ensure that each installation of this complicated set of applications behaved and functioned post installation.

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How A Great Employee Technology Experience Can Help You Hire & Retain Top IT Talent

For years, enterprises have struggled to hire and retain outstanding talent. According to the Wall Street Journal, there were 918,000 open IT jobs to fill in the last three months in the United States. In the United Kingdom, things are just as dire and are expected to increase in intensity as the new UK's IR35 legislation takes effect. This is expected to result in a furious scramble to scoop up the best IT talent before any competitors can sign them up.

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Evergreen IT: A Definition In Less Than 100 Words

The term "Evergreen IT" has been around for some years. It has been defined multiple times in many different ways, but when talking to enterprise IT organizations around the world, more often than not, IT managers and executives complain that they still don't really understand what it means.

Today, I want to kick off a small series of blog articles that tackles the basics of Evergreen IT by defining the term in the simplest way possible (and in less than 100 words!) before taking it apart and going through the details.

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How To Survive End-of-Life Of Office 2010 Without Breaking Your Macros

If your organization is running Office 2010 and has LOB critical macros or apps, you have a hard deadline of October 13, 2020 to migrate, or you risk continuing to use those apps and macros while running a vulnerable, unsupported version of Office.

Unlike for Windows 7, which goes End-of-Life 9 months earlier on January 14, 2020, Office 2010 will not have extended support, paid or otherwise. This means no security or critical updates, no phone or chat support, it will not be available to download from the Microsoft site, and most online help content will be retired as well. So even if your enterprise puts off migrating to keep certain macros working, you could face issues that affect the entire Office Suite and beyond.

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5 IT Management Budget Tips You Probably Don't Want To Hear

Most enterprise IT teams are currently breathing a sigh of relief as budget rounds are completed or at least about to be. According to a Spiceworks survey, on average, 44% of enterprises (5000+ seats) say they will increase their IT budgets while 47% remain the same as last year. The better-than-last-year outlook on budgets is primarily due to an increased priority on IT projects (62%), the need to upgrade outdated infrastructure (57%), and increased security concerns (47%).

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Access Capture V3: A Must-Have For Your 2020 IT Tool Stack [Webinar]

After a bit of a rough year, things are starting to look up: Gartner predicts that IT spending will bounce back to a healthy growth rate of 3.7% in 2020 — largely due to enterprise software spending.

John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, said: “The slowdown in IT spending in 2019 is not expected to stretch as far into 2020 despite concerns over a recession and companies cutting back on discretionary IT spending. [...] Most companies are caught trying to either cut costs or invest for growth, but the top-performing enterprises are doing both. A core challenge facing the industry is how organizations can operate as both a traditional company and a technology company at the same time. These ‘and’ dilemmas will drive future IT spending trends.”

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Windows Virtual Desktop & Its Impact On Your IT Planning

On September 30th, 2019, Microsoft's Brad Anderson announced that Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft's new cloud-based desktop and app virtualization service, is now generally available worldwide. It has been in public preview since March 2019.

The promise of Windows Virtual Desktop is to "deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes" by delivering "simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments", according to the statement.

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Coming Soon: Access Capture Version 3 — What You Need To Know (Part 2)

As you might already know, Access Capture V3 will be launched on November 14th, 2019. The new release includes lots of new exciting features and platform improvements. Last week, we walked you through some of them already and today, as promised, I would like to highlight some additional nuggets, in particular:

  1. Enhanced structured logging with multiple sinks out of the box (e.g., ELK stack)
  2. New messaging design to allow subscriptions to notifications
  3. Virtual machines presented within the browser
  4. Environments now support multiple deployment systems
  5. New publishing environment type
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State of the Union: Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade Strategy

Since Windows 10 was released with much fanfare as the 'last Windows', Microsoft has made many changes to its servicing model, terminology, and support schedule — causing much confusion among its customers, IT admins, and C-level executives.

One could say that change is a constant with Windows-as-a-Service, and not only with its much smaller, continuous updates. In just over 4 years and 7 feature update releases, Microsoft has repeatedly changed the naming conventions for updates as well as how long they will be in service for, and has extended the EOL dates and support windows — which, initially, they said they wouldn't do.

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