In less than a week thousands of veterinary practices in the UK are going to have some major technology problems as, on January 14th 2020, Microsoft is killing Windows 7, Outlook 2010, Exchange 2010, Small Business Server 2011 and Windows Server 2008.
All of this could be devastating for your practice.
The above software is commonly used across the UK alongside practice management systems and clinical technology, when it becomes end of life Microsoft will no longer update or support them. This affects your practice in the following ways:
• Your practice will become extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks. This will not only affect your team but your ability to look after the animals in your care;
• The software may no longer be compatible with latest versions of veterinary software such as Robovet, Assisi and Animana;
• Your practice will no longer be compliant with GDPR;
• It can damage your practice’s ability to function as well as your reputation.
We’ve put together a guide to the 2020 Problem, you can download it here. If you have a spare 10 minutes today, I’d highly recommend making yourself a cup of tea and reading this guide. It’s written in plain English and you will know immediately if your practice is at risk, how your practice could be affected and the next steps to take to protect the business you have worked so hard to build.