Why IT matters
Running software that is no longer supported or patched creates risks if used over a prolonged period. End of Support (sometimes morbidly known as end of life) presents risks to an organisation. The most obvious is increased vulnerability to cyber-attacks but also there is the overlooked risk of additional workloads for the IT team as users may experience functionality problems due to incompatibility with newer software or systems.
As you would expect from Microsoft there are full cloud-based and on-premise versions available. Cloud has been an area of focused development for Microsoft for a number of years. The cloud versions are usually more feature rich than their on-premise relations. And for now, they are usually a more cost-effective option, especially if your organisation is already using a cloud environment. If not, then Microsoft offers a number of funding programmes, for eligible customers, to help deploy and adopt products and services in the cloud.
See more about available funding programmes here>