Microsoft is Ending Support for Windows Vista

After April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.

If you continue to use Windows Vista after support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported, so if your Windows Vista PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 9 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista.

Agency Systems recommends Windows 10 Professional or Windows 7 Professional.

Windows 10 Compatibility

Windows 10

WINDOWS 10 Officially Released…

On July 29th Windows 10 was officially released and made available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.

Regarding COMPATIBILITY with Newton…

Most software that was previously compatible with Windows 8 will pass Windows 10 compatibility tests. Newton by Agency Systems does not currently have any known issues with Windows 10, as long as the required version of the Pervasive database is installed. Based on past experiences, Pervasive v11.3 will pass Windows 10 compatibility tests.

Any offices licensed for an older version of Pervasive will require an upgrade for Windows 10 compatibility. Click here to see the full Pervasive compatibility chart.

BE SURE all your other applications are Compatible…

Before upgrading, first verify that other mission-critical software passes Windows 10 compatibility tests. This can include rating software, download managers, printer drivers, scanning software, company websites and more.

Consider WAITING if you can…

With all new operating system releases, it is best to wait before deploying a brand new operating system in your business environment. Windows 10 was originally scheduled to be released in October 2015, with many pieces removed to hit the earlier date of July 29th. Over the next few months, hundreds of updates will be released by Microsoft, fixing bugs and adding the missing features. The free upgrade should be available through July 2016, allowing you to delay your adoption of Windows 10.

Microsoft Has Ended Windows Server 2003 Support

Microsoft has ended Windows Server 2003 support. Support ended on July 14, 2015 for all versions of Windows Server 2003.

What does end of support mean for you?

Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your agency, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure.

What are my options?

Our support staff is available to answer any questions regarding your migration strategy to a new server, including compatibility and data migration. Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 may require an upgraded pervasive database with the purchase of a new server.

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What about cloud hosting?

Companies depend on secure servers to run their mission-critical business processes. A business class server must be managed, monitored, upgraded, replaced, and repaired. As a business owner, you can now decide between managing your own business class server in-house, or moving your applications and data to a virtual server in a Data Center.

Virtual hosting eliminates the capital expense and administrative hassle of owning in-house servers. Instead, you run your business using secure off-site servers dedicated to your company and managed by a trusted third-party service provider.

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