Welcome to the ever-evolving landscape of technology, where staying ahead is not just an advantage but a necessity for business success.
As we stride into the new year, preparing for the imminent IT shifts in 2024 and 2025 is non-negotiable. Our latest blog aims to guide you through six impactful changes that demand your attention.
1. Windows 10 End of Support: Budgeting for Change
In October 2025, the support for Windows 10 says farewell. It’s time to plan for the future by upgrading PCs that support Windows 11 and budgeting for the replacement of those that don’t. Embrace the new features and enhanced security that Windows 11 brings, plan now for a seamless transition for your business.
2. BT Copper Switch Off: Navigating Communication Changes
As the curtain falls on BT’s traditional copper network in 2025, the impact on landlines and ISDN lines is inevitable. Strategize your move to alternative internet and VOIP solutions tailored to your business’s unique needs. It’s not just about adapting; it’s about ensuring your communication infrastructure remains robust and efficient.
3. New Microsoft Outlook: Embracing Change
Change is on the horizon as Microsoft phases in a revamped Outlook, set to become the default. Dive into the new interface, explore additional features, and prepare for the replacement of old Outlook COM add-ins with modern web add-ins. Embracing these changes to make sure your team stays productive and your communication tools remain cutting-edge.
4. SQL Servers: Upgrading from SQL Server 2014
For businesses relying on Microsoft SQL Server 2014 to power their applications, a crucial deadline looms. Before July 2024, it’s imperative to upgrade as SQL Server 2014 reaches its end of life. Three major updates later, SQL Server has new powers and possibilities but has maintained its security reputation. Plan your transition now, guaranteeing the security and efficiency of your business applications.
5. Copilot removes minimum seat threshold:
Microsoft have announced the removal of their 300 seat minimum threshold for Copilot for Microsoft 365, meaning businesses of all sizes can now access this AI digital assistant. Copilot is available for Office 365 E3 and E5 customers (A Microsoft 365 license was previously required). Microsoft have also launched ‘Copilot Pro’, a new subscription offering the best experience for individuals and working with other applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. (Note Copilot in Teams is only available with Copilot for Microsoft 365).
6. Broadcom’s Acquisition of VMware: Anticipating Changes
The recent Broadcom acquisition of VMware has sent ripples through the industry. Immediate and substantial changes to VMware partnerships and product sales are already underway. It’s certain there’ll be an impact on us and our customers, though the exact details remain unclear. Stay tuned for more information, as we anticipate a clearer picture early February.
Change is inevitable, not least in the tech space, so staying up to date with these changes and preparing your business for them is the best way to adapt and survive, rather than lag behind.
As an IT provider, we do our best to help businesses navigate these changes and we’ll be continuing to share updates on here and on our social media channels.