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End of Life – Microsoft 2007

End of Life – Microsoft 2007

As you may, or not, be aware certain 2007 versions are reaching their end of life. Support will no longer be provided, and it is in the customers’ best interest to migrate to a newer version.

The list includes:

  • April 11, 2017: Exchange Server 2007
  • October 10, 2017: Office 2007, Project Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, Groove Server 2007
  • October 31, 2017: Outlook 2007 connectivity to Office 365
  • October 31, 2017: Outlook 2007 connectivity to Office 365
  • July 14, 2015: Windows Server 2003 family of products, including Windows Small Business Server

For those who are on Exchange 2007:

If you  stay on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, it won’t stop working, but you will experience technological challenges that result from staying with unsupported software.

  • No future feature enhancements
  • No security updates
  • Not supported on newer hardware
  • Difficulties when integrating with new enterprise applications
  • Not compatible with modern Outlook clients/browers

Updating to Office 365 for modern Exchange is recommended for the following reasons:

  • Office 365 is a cloud-based solution which means you get compatibility with newer devices and apps
  • Office 365 is more secure and has better compliance capabilities that adhere to industry standard regulations
  • Office 365 is less prone to failure with guaranteed 99.9% uptime, while also being easier to recover 

For those even on any previous version of Exchange 2016, the migration to Office 365 should make both a financial and business sense.

WHY EXCHANGE IN THE CLOUD?

As it provides no competitive value to a business, and allows IT to focus on a company’s business initiatives to be competitive in the marketplace. Plus, there are no hardware or software upgrade costs, and lowers support and admin costs.

The hosted email proposition takes the capital expenditure option and turns it into an operational expenditure model. Instead of the upfront costs associated with hardware and software licensing, the model is based on per user/month or per user/year payment model.

  • Exchange Plan 2 (100 GB Mailbox, Calendar, Contacts, Personal Archiving in addition to the 50 GB primary mailbox, Unlimited Archiving, In-Place Hold, eDiscovery, Data Loss Prevention, Voice Mail, Antivirus, Anti-spam, Anti-Malware
  • Exchange Plan 1 (50 GB Mailbox, Calendar, Contacts, Personal Archiving that is part of the 50 GB mailbox, antivirus, anti-spam, Anti-Malware

PCM, through its CSP program, offers a month-to-month solution that enables you to lower your end-user support and admin costs significantly, and allows IT to focus on business needs and requirements. And, offloading Exchange to the Cloud is a hefty burden lifted from your shoulders.

Onboarding & Migration Services

  • Remote service provided to customers by PCM Engineers that assist with a range of onboarding activities using a combination of tools, documentation guidance and carry out configurable tasks. Professional assistance for existing volume licensing customers to help migrate licensing into CSP.

Admin & End-User Support and Technical Support

  • Admin & End Users working on CSP products will have direct 24×7 access to a technical support team within PCM. Additional fee-based engineering, migration and professional services capabilities are available throughout the subscription of the product via our Professional Services Organization

Direct Ordering and Billing though PCM

  • All ordering and billing goes directly though PCM (billed monthly)

If you are worried about ransomware, you should really look at Advanced Threat Protection

 

  • Introducing Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection Blog

The Office 365 Cloud offers more security, and peace of mind that enables you sleep at nights. Plus, it offers you significant savings as it relates to  hardware/software upgrades, and support + admin costs.

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