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Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Legacy IT Infrastructure in 2020

January 24, 2019 / Fred Donovan

Microsoft is ending support for its legacy IT infrastructure products Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on Jan. 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide regular security updates for those products. Microsoft is offering two options for organizations running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2: upgrade to Windows Server 2016 or rehost workloads to Microsoft cloud service Azure. Of course, upgrades cost money and cause disruption to the organization’s systems and processes. Microsoft’s ending support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 could also present regulatory challenges for healthcare organizations running these products.  In its June 2018 Cybersecurity Newsletter, OCR stressed that HIPAA covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) need to ensure their software and systems are updated to mitigate vulnerabilities.