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Microsoft has announced that Microsoft 365 Apps running on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 will stop receiving security updates on January 10, 2023.

Windows 7 went out of support in 2020, but Microsoft recognized that many enterprises were not ready to upgrade to a newer version. For a fee, it made Extended Security Updates (ESU) available, which would provide security patches. Microsoft is now announcing the three-year Extended Security Updates (ESU) program will end in January.

Organizations running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on any computer or device are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11 as soon as they can to ensure systems are protected.

If your organization is a BC Housing partner and requires hardware assistance to complete this upgrade, please contact us at hptechbc@bchousing.org and we will work with your team to address this security vulnerability.

Sources: Microsoft Documentation | Microsoft Tech Community

Security updates for Microsoft 365 apps on Windows 7 ending in January 2023


If you are reading this guide, you are about to embark on a process that will help your organization harness the potential of technology to deliver your mission and best serve your community. Proactively planning for technology is about more than replacing old computers (although that might be part of your plan!). This process will help your organization fundamentally shift the way you approach technology investments toward greater mission achievement and community impact. It will identify opportunities for technology to help you control costs, reduce risk, raise funds, and empower staff.

Strategic technology planning – much like any strategic planning process – is a comprehensive look at the current state and the desired future state for your organization. If you just need some new computers, this may not be the right process. But if you are ready to treat technology as a mission-critical investment that can accelerate your organization’s impact, you are in the right place! Your nonprofit has much to gain from appropriately integrating technology into your operations, communications, fundraising, and service delivery. This guide offers step-by-step support to help you lead your organization through technology planning, resulting in a roadmap to smart technology use.


This guide has been produced through the generous support of the Rasmuson Foundation, a private foundation that works as a catalyst to promote a better life for Alaskans. Learn more at www.rasmuson.org. It was written and edited by Lindsay Bealko of Toolkit Consulting, who helps mission-minded organizations design creative communications, engaging education, and powerful programs. Learn more at www.toolkitconsulting.com.

Special thanks to Orion Matthews and Jeremiah Dunham of DesignPT for their substantial contributions to and reviews of this guide to make it as useful as possible to nonprofit organizations who are ready to harness the strategic potential of technology. Learn more and request help with your strategic technology plan at www.designpt.com.

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