Remove VPN Dependency and Make Patching Blind Spots for Windows Devices a Thing of the Past

Do you have a VPN Dependancy for remote client management? Are Windows patching blindspots keeping you up at night?

The Virtual Private Network has dominated corporate IT architecture for years — giving remote users convenient and secure access to internal network services from anywhere in the world.

But is there a better way? Support for Windows 10 ends on October 14, 2025, so now is a good time to consider a new, more efficient way to access organisational IT resources remotely. Checkout our "Transition to Windows 11" blog.

If it’s not broken, why fix it, right? Well, many of us think the reign of the almighty VPN is about to end. Why? Because Virtual Private Networks are now being stretched to the limit as more of what we do is switched to remote working models.

Thankfully, there’s an easier, safer and more efficient alternative to VPNs, and it’s both easy to implement and cost-effective. But more about that later.

As this blog post is all about the perils of VPN dependency, let’s start by addressing the obvious disadvantages of this diminishing technology.

Why Depending on VPN Connections for Managing Windows Devices Is a Bad Idea

Just a few years ago, remote working was often considered a luxury. The chance to avoid the daily commute and work in pyjamas for a day or two was largely a rare treat for those in the corporate world.

While there was already a modest move to remote working models, everything changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Almost overnight, millions of us were working remotely — in our homes.

While there have always been concerns about the limitations of VPNs, those concerns became starker than ever during the midst of the global health crisis. And despite the pandemic now being a thing of the past, its legacy of remote and hybrid working is here to stay.

Put simply, VPNs can’t cope with the volume of remote users that rely on them these days. And the biggest issues are linked to three critical areas.

Scalability

VPNs were only ever designed to provide a small number of users with occasional remote access to internal IT infrastructure. So now that millions of people are relying on them, a lot of VPNs are buckling under the strain. A lot of firms are desperately trying to upscale their remote operations, but their legacy networks aren’t up to the job.

Security

VPNs communicate with internal IT networks via the public internet. While this might be a cost-effective method to gain remote access, it provides potential access points for fraudsters and scammers. The tiniest crack in your organisation’s VPN security shield might be all criminals need to inflict catastrophic damage to your systems and data.

Complexity

When VPNs were first developed, they didn’t have to cope with the plethora of devices, operating systems and applications they deal with today. Guaranteed, hassle-free compatibility across all these VPN clients and systems has become something of a battle for even the most talented IT superstars.

Connection-Reliant

If you rely on a VPN for remote network access, you can’t manage devices if they’re not connected to it. And that’s the reason why patching your Windows devices and applications has become a labour-intensive chore riddled with security implications.

More and more businesses are now looking for VPN alternatives to avoid these issues and create more efficient and flexible workforces.

How to Break Free from VPN Dependency

The good news is that there is another way, and it solves all the issues we’ve already discussed in this post. It’s called Microsoft Intune, and it’s something we at Workspace IT use every day.

Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way. Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based endpoint management platform that allows IT administrators to manage a wide range of devices, including desktops, laptops and mobile devices running operating systems such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.

That’s probably enough technical stuff for this post. In short, Intune is a device management tool that communicates over the internet instead of a VPN. It allows you to remotely manage all your essential patches, applications and policies with ease.

There’s now no need to connect devices to a VPN in order to manage them from remote locations — thanks to Intune!

In short, Microsoft Intune extends management capabilities to remote, internet-connected devices. By making the transition, your organisation can scale up your remote working practices and say goodbye to the costs, complexities and limitations of VPNs for good.

Are You Patching Your Windows Devices and Applications Fully?

OK, so we’ve already mentioned the issue of patching blind spots when it comes to Windows. It’s now time to put some meat on the bones!

Windows is constantly fighting newly emerging threats and vulnerabilities. That’s why Windows patches are crucial to the security of IT infrastructure around the world.

But how do you maintain a stringent patching schedule when you’re managing dozens — or even hundreds — of Windows devices and applications at the same time?

Are you confident that your devices are fully patched, safeguarding them against vulnerabilities and potential cyber threats? OK, you might be. But if your business is like countless others around the world, it might be vulnerable to patching blind spots no one knows about.

Why is this happening? Well, there are a few issues at play.

Not Prioritising the Most Important Patches

Put simply, some Windows patches are more important and urgent than others. Only experienced, highly capable IT professionals can sift through the endless stream of patches and prioritise them appropriately.

Unfortunately, too many organisations simply don’t have the time, talent or resources to do this.

Testing Issues

What happens if a Windows patch has a catastrophic impact on your IT infrastructure? After a few minutes of blind panic, you realise the patch should have been tested in isolation before being unleashed on your network. But this is another time-consuming and laborious process that makes patching even more difficult.

Coordination and Timing

How do you update multiple Windows devices and applications around the world in a timely and accurate manner? What do you do with Sophie’s laptop; the one she uses for catching up on work at home? And Jill’s personal phone? And Sanjay’s family tablet?

If all that’s not complicated enough, how do you implement complex patches across multiple remote devices and applications when timing is crucial to security?

Patching Status Uncertainty

Put yourself in the shoes of a stressed and overworked IT manager who is responsible for ensuring hundreds of devices around the world are updated fully and on time. Imagine trying to monitor the patching status of all those desktops, laptops, phones, tablets and apps simultaneously.

At best, it’s complicated. At worst, it’s a nightmare!

It’s Time to Implement a Windows and Application Patch Management Solution That Works

So, let’s do a little recap!

We’ve discussed the demise of the VPN due to an increasingly transient global workforce that increasingly prefers remote and hybrid working models, as well as the challenge of managing devices that aren’t always connected to a VPN.

We’ve touched on the powerful UEM/EMM Microsoft Intune and its role in giving you all the tools to simplify endpoint management, strengthen security and reduce costs.

And we’ve covered the issue of Windows patching blind spots

Let’s bring everything together with a tried-and-tested Windows patch management solution. To learn more about what Workspace IT do in this space, checkout our Application & Patch Managed Services.

Microsoft Intune is an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution. You probably don’t need to know that, but here at Workspace IT, we like everyone to know that we’re experts in this field!

The ultimate goal of this powerful platform is to empower workforces to work flexibly and productively while ensuring organisations keep their devices and users well-managed and secure.

Microsoft Intune Can Banish Those Patching Blind Spots for Good

At Workspace IT, we implement Microsoft Intune as a powerful endpoint management tool. We do this to give our clients scalable, flexible, cost-effective remote working solutions.

We’re able to manage multiple mobile devices and PCs centrally — hugely enhancing management capabilities by including internet-reliant devices seamlessly.

The work we do with Intune improves IT security, enhances user experience and reduces the complexity of managing multiple devices.

Crucially, however, Microsoft Intune — implemented and monitored by experienced managed IT professionals — makes remote working easier, faster, and more efficient.

But if you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with Windows patches.

So here it goes…

Intune automates real-time patches and updates across multiple devices and applications. With VPN networks, it’s often necessary for users to log in to their devices and connect to the corporate network when patches are required. But that’s often a logistical nightmare.

We’re in the business of closing windows of opportunity for hackers, scammers and fraudsters.

The time between a new threat emerging and the installation of the relevant Windows patch is a window of opportunity for fraudsters and scammers. This is when your data and systems are at their most vulnerable. Thanks to Intune, however, these windows are smaller than ever!

Let’s Talk About Eliminating Windows Patching Blind Spots

If you’re worried about Windows patching blind spots, or you’re ready to embrace the brave new world of efficient remote working, we’re here to help.

We offer a range of managed IT services designed to make business IT infrastructure more efficient, more secure and more cost-effective. Contact us for a chat by calling 0118 432 0017, or head to the Contact page of our website and complete the contact form.

IGEL Secure

IGEL Secure - On the 12th of June some of the Workspace IT gang got to spend the day listening to "front-men" from some of the EUC industries best vendors at the IGEL hosted "IGEL Secure" event. After a day absorbing information and some interesting discussions I decided to write this blog to summarise what i heard.

So lets get into it, after an early start at 6am I headed into London to the venue - 30 Euston Square, London. A great location and a fantastic comfortable auditorium which you will see in the pictures coming up.

After a quick breakfast we headed in to the auditorium for the keynote sessions. First onstage was Darren Fields, IGEL VP Sales, who provided a warm welcome and set the scene for the day.

Next up was Klaus Oestermann, IGEL CEO. Klaus gave an overview of how IGEL have re-positioned themselves within the market and redefined what IGEL's strategy and direction is. Introducing....

IGEL Secure18
IGEL Secure17

What's the IGEL Preventative Security Model (PSM)?
In my own words, IGELs PSM is essentially removing attack surfaces from the endpoint, therefore lessening the risk of a cyber attack due to a by design "hardened" device. The next pictures show some of the differences between using IGEL and other traditional endpoints operating systems such as Windows 11 and the additional technologies and complexities involved to try and manage additional attack surfaces and product integrations.

For more details on the PSM, you can checkout the whitepaper here:
IGEL-Security-Whitepaper_Preventative-Security-Model.pdf

One of the major benefits of transitioning to IGEL and its Preventative Security Model is the impact on cost. Everyone knows cost more often than not provides major influence in any companies strategy and technology. Klaus went on to talk about a customer that has saved over £32M over a 3 year period in equated cost. This was achieved by using IGEL on the customer endpoints allowing the customer to:

Next Klaus moved on to show the current landscape of IGEL Ready partners. The partner ecosystem is changing rapidly with more and more partners on-boarding to the program, each time I see an updated chart there are more and more vendors.

"An exclusive partner program designed for hardware, software and peripheral companies that want to develop verified, integrated solutions with IGEL technologies."


Matthias Haas, IGEL CTO took the reigns from Klaus at this stage and went on to talk about the current state of IGEL OS12, the App Portal and how its showing 25% more velocity in how apps are appearing bringing updates and new features. Local Apps on OS12 were then highlighted allowing more flexibility in utilising the local devices hardware for potential performance improvements - a key feature for me was the introduction of the Microsoft Teams Progressive Web App (PWA), allowing a user to run Teams in a browser directly on the IGEL.

Matthias expanded on more functionality within OS12 such as:

For me personally, a couple of those announcements are a big deal!

First, SSO from the OS level right through to the desktop or application you want to use - No more entering your credentials multiple times.

Second, Microsoft Teams PWA, locally installed on the IGEL. Unified Comms straight from the endpoint.

Lastly, my favourite and what I have been talking with IGEL about for quite some time, Microsoft Intune Enrollment! This is huge! Enroll your devices then apply Compliance and/or Conditional Access Policies to your devices like you would with any other device currently within your tenant.


Next up, Justin Thorogood took centre stage as a referee to chat with Jim Moyle, Microsoft, Spencer Pitts, Omnissa and Gerry Lavin, Citrix. Justin had the red card ready if things were to get out of hand between these tech giants. The panel discussed their views on the current state of their respective companies and gave a bit of insight around the changes since acquisition for the likes of Citrix and Omnissa. Jim caught my attention with his insight on the highly debated "AppV is end of life 04/2026" topic.

I caught up with Jim in-between sessions to quiz him on this subject a little more. After some digging here's what I learnt:

Realistically, the AppV client is going to be around until at least 2030.... maybe more... shhh.


Back into the auditorium and Joe Cleary from Lenovo was on stage to talk about how IGEL and Lenovo are "Securing Devices at the Edge".

This session had some specific use cases in mind such as Point of Sale (POS) devices, Digital Signage and Patient Kiosks and how Lenovos ThinkShield offers a lower layer of protection against Cyber-Attacks - right down to protecting the Firmware and BIOS of the device. For more info, checkout the Lenovo site here.


Now, I need to highlight my favorite presentation of the day, this was delivered by Nathaniel Comer, CEO & Founder of Sun Screen IT Group. What do Sun Screen IT do? I am not a good enough writer to convey the message in the way i received it so I have instead here are some of the slides from the presentation.

Since the event I have spoken to Nathaniel to get permission to provide a snippet of video from what he presented for the first time. The actual video was just shy of 15 minutes, once publicly released, I urge you to watch it.

If you can help or want to get involved please reach out directly to Nathaniel (link above) and he will be more than happy to speak to you about Sun Screen IT and their mission.


Breakout Sessions were next on the Agenda where I headed over to get an update on the IGEL Channel changes. Some exciting changes, enhancements and some insightful Q&A with the presenters, Justin Thorogood (Looking shook!), Ken Millard, Brendan Williams, Eric Kline & Mads Skalbo. Thanks for the update guys! Unfortunately the detail shared here is still to be kept under wraps.


And finally it was time for the the social afterwards to dig into the detail with a beer and some banter. Obligatory selfies with the main man Rene Recker who heads up the IGEL Community. Joe Cleary from Lenovo. And a trip to re-enact the Spice Girls Wannabe music video on the stairs in St Pancreas International featuring, Jim Moyle, Colin Eales & myself (Dan Goss).

Hopefully you learnt something from this post, if not i'm sure you at least enjoyed the Spice Girls reenactment. If you would like anymore information on anything mentioned above to reach out to me, if I cant help I can put you in touch with someone that can. Thanks for reading.

Say Goodbye to Windows 10: Are You Prepared for the Impending Transition to Windows 11?

The clock is ticking. The end of an era is less than two years away. Yes, that’s right — support and updates for Windows 10 will cease permanently  on October 14, 2025. Are you ready to transition to Windows 11?

OK, you might think it’s too far away to worry about. But the sooner you start preparing for the transition, the smoother the process will be.

If you haven’t even begun to worry about the big switchover, don’t worry — you’re not alone. According to Statcounter, Windows 10 was still running on 72% of all Windows computers in the world in September 2023. What’s even more surprising is that figure wasn’t much different to the October 2022 figure.

So what happens when security updates for Windows 10 end? While you won’t have to worry about suddenly losing all your data, you will have to accept the fact that your system won’t be as secure. There will be no further security updates from October 14, 2025.

To put it simply: your environment will be more vulnerable than it is today.

But we’re here for you. The Workspace IT team has your back. We’ve put together a brief guide to preparing for the end of Windows 10.

And if you still need expert assistance once you’ve reached the end of this post, one of our experts will be at the other end of the phone for you.

Getting Ready for a New Windows Launch Isn’t Always Plain Sailing

We feel your pain. While the launch of a new Windows variant is exciting for many, it sparks a sense of doom within offices up and down the country. The transition can be expensive, time-consuming and fraught with risk if you don’t have the right support by your side.

The headaches caused by Windows transitions will be familiar to many business owners, managers and office hotshots.

Do You Have a TPM?

Did you know that in order to run Windows 11, you need a tiny chip in your hardware that’s responsible for a relatively new PC security feature? It’s called a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and it’s essential if you want to embrace the brave new world of PC operating systems.

If you bought your PCs within the last three years, you’re living on Easy Street. But if they’re older than that, you might need to upgrade.

Do Your Processors Have Muscle?

Before installing any software, it’s always a good idea to check the minimum system requirements. Windows 11 requires a little more muscle than the brand’s previous incarnation.

You’ll need a processor capable of 1GHz or more — with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC). If you know, you know. If you don’t, your computers need to be faster and more powerful than ever.

Check out Microsoft Windows 11 system requirements here.

Do You Know How to Best Deploy Windows 11?

Microsoft recommends switching to a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) platform such as Microsoft Intune. Or if you’d prefer to avoid the cloud-based route to deployment, you can use Microsoft Configuration Manager to make the switch.

The technologies that will make the transition to Windows 11 seamless include:

Microsoft Intune

A cloud-based mobile device management and endpoint security platform.

Microsoft Configuration Manager

An on-premises software management and endpoint deployment solution.

Autopilot

A cloud-based deployment and provisioning service for Windows devices

Do you have a plan for moving your operations to Windows 11 with minimal disruption and risk?

Are you familiar with Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Configuration Manager?

Do you know that it’s possible to use both platforms concurrently to transition across all your IT infrastructure at the same time?

Do you know which approach to making the Windows 11 transition quick and painless is best for your organisation?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, it might be worth enlisting the help of an experienced managed IT service provider.

Is Your Hardware Up to the Job?

Which devices in your organisation are ready for Windows 11 and which need upgrading? If you’re planning the switch to Microsoft’s latest operating system, this is the perfect time to assess your hardware inventory and prioritise eligible devices. A little planning today could make the transition smoother and more efficient for everyone concerned.

If you bought your hardware within the last three years, it’s likely compatible with Windows 11. Not sure? Not a problem. Microsoft is providing tools that will help you ascertain the eligibility of your devices.

The good news is that those running Windows 10 Home, Pro and Pro for Workstations can use the PC Health Check app for guidance. If you’re an enterprise organisation, compliance checks will be available within tools such as Windows Update for Business reports and Endpoint Analytics.

Seem like a lot of hard work? Well, it can be if your infrastructure requires significant upgrades. If you need IT support professionals to review your hardware refresh plans, contact Workspace IT today.

Are Your Apps Compatible?

The transition between Windows variants always puts one or two spanners in the works. This latest upgrade will be no different. That’s why Microsoft’s Compatibility Promise is so important.

Microsoft's Compatibility Promise is a commitment to ensuring that applications and devices remain compatible with new Windows operating system releases.

The key elements of Microsoft's Compatibility Promise include:

This is an area in which Microsoft performs admirably. Windows 10 compatibility rates are close to 100% for enterprise organisations according to the App Assure program. Put simply, Microsoft will work tirelessly to ensure your apps and devices are compatible when you switch to Windows 11.

A lot of businesses won’t realise their apps and devices aren’t ready for Windows 11 until AFTER they’ve made the switch. The best approach is to assess compatibility issues before upgrading.

Either way, there are two tools that will help you iron out compatibility issues:

App Assure

Enrol with App Assure and Microsoft will assess compatibility problems and provide remedies for free.

Test Base for Microsoft 365

This cloud-based testing platform evaluates the compatibility of apps to ensure they work normally following the upgrade. 

Moving Your Workloads Doesn’t Have to Involve Heavy Workloads!

If you’re about to assess and potentially upgrade your IT infrastructure in readiness for the switch to Windows 11, now might be a good time to consider moving your workloads to digital workspaces. Why? Well, there are a few benefits to consider:

Easier Remote Working

Wherever you connect to the internet could be your office — whether that’s on a delayed train in the UK or a sun-kissed beach in Phuket! Moving your workloads to digital workspaces opens up the world to remote working possibilities.

More Effective Collaboration

Collaborating across multiple platforms and channels is easier when the entire workload is digitalised and cloud-based.

Improve Efficiency

Automate certain tasks and streamline others. Digital workspaces reduce manual tasks and increase efficiency levels — a recipe for lower operating costs.

In-Built Scalability

Combine your switch to Windows 11 with the digitalisation of your workloads, and you’ll be able to scale your system up and down in line with the needs of your business — without expense or delay.

Enhanced Security

Say goodbye to manual updates and security patches. Comply with your data protection obligations and give your customers peace of mind. Digital workspaces are safer and more secure than legacy systems.

We utilise platforms such as Microsoft AVD, Citrix, VMware "Omnissa" Horizon and many others to transition our clients to digital workspaces seamlessly. Contact us today to discuss your requirements in detail.

Repurposing Your Hardware? Not So Fast…

Wait! Stop what you’re doing, and put down the company credit card!

Don’t spend thousands upgrading your devices in readiness for Windows 11 when there might be a simpler, far cheaper alternative. While you won’t be able to run the new operating system natively, you’ll get the same functionality for a fraction of the price.

Windows 11 Virtualisation and Remote Working Solutions

There’s a way to run Windows 11 virtually on non-compatible devices, and it’s an area we specialise in here at Workspace IT. By leveraging virtualisation and remote working solutions, you can enjoy all the benefits of upgrading without the cost of upgrading your hardware.

Our end-user device management experts use systems such as IGEL OS to access virtualised Windows 11 environments. With our expertise, you’ll be able to:

Make the Switch to Windows 11 a Breeze with Workspace IT

Upgrading to Windows 11 represents a great opportunity to assess your current IT infrastructure operational processes and data security measures.

Call Workspace IT today on 0118 432 0017 for help with everything from standard Windows transitions to comprehensive hardware refreshes. We’re ready to prepare your IT systems for the post-Windows 10 world.


Lenovo Microsoft Budapest Event

Lenovo Microsoft Partner Budapest Event!

What an event!! This week I was lucky to enough to be invited to visit Lenovo’s factory in Budapest to see up close and personal how orders are received, built, packaged and shipped in as little as 5 days!

I decided to write a short blog about what we got up to, saw and discussed while out in Budapest.

After an early 4am start on Wednesday I had my first flight with Wizzair, all in all a good airport experience.

After a quick exit from Budapest Airport I found my transfer and met my first partner of the day Tom. Next stop we arrived at our hotel the “Anantara – New York Palace Budapest Hotel”.

For anyone wishing to visit Budapest in the future, I would recommend this hotel without hesitation, a beautiful hotel inside and out, the food was fantastic and the Eggs Benedict at breakfast was something else! (Had me thinking about the next morning’s breakfast most of the day).

Now to the fun stuff, with no time to spare I checked in with the Lenovo team and we headed straight for some lunch, followed by a quick welcome speech.

Next up, team building with Go Trabi Go!

This was a real highlight, I was expecting the semi-regular let’s go round everyone and introduce yourself, tell us something interesting about you, etc. However not today! We were thrown into the deep end, “get into groups of 2 or 3 for a tour of the city in your very own Trabant” … pick a driver, navigator and a sightseer and off you go.

Team 3 was born!
Rasmas our nominated driver, myself in the navigator’s seat and Tom chilling in the back inhaling all sorts of fumes 😀

Driving was fun, Rasmas was really giving that gearbox some stick. Navigation was challenging, with my shins and knees pushed up against the dash, feeling like I was 10cm from the ground, unable to see past the car in front with this as our map:

This really was a great team building activity, got the conversations going while getting to see some of the amazing sites that Budapest has to offer.

After reaching our final stop and returning the Trabants we headed to the Welcome dinner at Spinoza restaurant – the Hungarian Ghoulash soup was nice and spicy, highly recommended!


A short announcement from the Lenovo team that of course, naturally TEAM 3 WON the Trabant tour and challenges – we were presented with a bottle of Unicum Liqueur that required an immediate palette cleanser!


Thursday Morning - ACTION!

After an early morning gym session briefly crossing paths with @Igor from Microsoft it was time to head for breakfast before an early transfer to the Lenovo Factory. Now I’m mentioning it again, the Eggs Benedict at breakfast was fantastic, if your ever at the hotel, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

After a short 30-minute transfer we arrived at the Lenovo Factory. (Blinded by the sun, I was happy really!)

A quick check-in at reception and we were introduced to Gabor Salamon who was our presenter and tour guide around the factory.

Gabor was incredibly knowledgeable about all things happening in the factory, I was blown away by the thoroughness and knowledge he had of everything going on.

Next stop, a presentation to give us an insight into what happens in the Budapest factory.

Gabor Salamon showing how the Budapest Factory is:

Impressively can build and ship:

A quick look at the products leaving the Budapest Factory destined for End Customers all around the world.

Whats inside a Water-cooled system? The copper providing the path for the water around the components within the chassis.

Now unfortunately, the next part of the tour didn’t allow any phones, wallets, keys, etc as you might imagine. So that means no pictures but if you are interested I have found a short video produced by Lenovo that does offer some glimpses to the inside operations:

We were provided some funky light green coloured clothing to wear which if I remember correct highlighted that we were visitors to the workforce.

The staff all wear something similar but with various colours each with a specific meaning to ensure no time was lost should a shift worker need assistance. Each colour would highlight a purpose such as a Dark Blue meant shift lead.

The processes and thought in this factory as I said earlier was something to behold, there is next to zero wasted time or effort, if there is a better way to do something then Gabor is already on it working on how to improve their processes and adopt it.

After the tour we had a quick group photo before we headed back to the hotel.
Photo credit: @Guido Terni

Back at the hotel and into the Bellini meeting room for some B2B sessions. Presenter no1 – Guido Terni, unfortunately missed the action shot here!

Guido went on to talk about some of the following:

The second presenter was a winner from Team 3 – Rasmus Borch.

Rasmus is part of the Solutions and Services Group and gave us a roundup of the Solutions provided by Lenovo and explained how together Lenovo, Microsoft and Partners can solve any challenge for any customer:

And the last speaker of the day was @Igor Krstin from Microsoft. Igor even struck a pose for the photo!

Igor is a Channel Executive at Microsoft and was giving us his and Microsofts insights into why Windows 11 is different and what the introduction of AI and Copilot means for the future.

We spoke about topics everyone is talking about right now such as the importance of AI in the workplace. Key pain points and top priorities in business today.

We then discussed how Windows 11 is the most secure Windows ever due to:

I think everyone participating in the event agreed that “Now is the time to move to Windows 11”.

Why though?

  1. Windows 10 is End of Life October 2025
  2. Since Fall 2020, Windows 10 has had no OS fundamental improvements, those are only being released for Windows 11
  3. Better performance, connectivity and battery life due to modern chipset innovations
  4. The most secure Windows out of the box
  5. Fresh, intuitive and consistent look
  6. More productive end users with new search functionality, M365 integration and not to mention the coming influx of AI capabilities

Microsoft have openly announced that planning on paying for Extended Support to continue getting updates to Windows 10 post October 2025 is a very expensive strategy.

After a brief Q&A the presentations were finished and we have around 1hr to get ready for the final dinner. During this time myself and Tom flew like the wind to grab some close up pictures of the beautiful House of Parliament, it was well worth the effort, I’m sure you would agree.

After the mad rush back and a quick change of clothes we set off for our final dinner at the Studel House for another very tasty meal. We were shown how Strudels are made and some of the group got to take part in attempting to roll out the dough, some fared better than others…

At the end of dinner, we made our way back to the hotel for our pickups the next morning to start our journeys home, I won once again with the earliest 8AM, the less said about that the better!

And that was it, an uneventful return journey but a fantastic event which I am very grateful for being invited to.

A huge shout out to everyone who organised, led and presented in the event and also to the partners/new friends I got to meet.

I look forward to our next meeting and to my next visit to Budapest.

Windows 10 1903 - End of Service - December 2020

Microsoft have recently updated their product lifecycle page to remind users of Windows 10 1903 that support is coming to an end on December the 8th 2020.

This includes all versions of 1903:

What does this mean?

What can we do?

That’s a big job, can you help?

For more information on the end of support and Microsoft product life cycles see these articles on the Microsoft website:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/18165

Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 End of Support is in sight

Microsoft support for both Windows Server 2012 & Server 2012 R2 is almost at an end, with less than a year (10/10/2023) to go before support ends are you prepared?

What does this mean?

What can we do?

That’s a big job, can you help?

For more information on the end of support and Microsoft product life cycles see these articles on the Microsoft website:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/products/windows-server-2012
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/products/windows-server-2012-r2

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 will reach end of life (EOL) on October 10, 2023

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 will reach end of life (EOL) on October 10, 2023. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide support, security updates, or technical assistance for the product.

While this may be a cause for concern for organizations that are still using Windows Server 2012, it is important to note that the end of life of an operating system is a natural part of the product lifecycle. This allows Microsoft to focus on developing and supporting newer technologies, while also giving customers the opportunity to upgrade to a more secure and feature-rich platform.

For organizations that are still using Windows Server 2012, it is recommended to begin planning an upgrade to a supported operating system as soon as possible. There are a few options available, including upgrading to Windows Server 2022 or moving to a cloud-based solution such as Microsoft Azure.

Upgrading to a newer version of Windows Server can bring numerous benefits, including improved security, new features and functionality, and better performance. It is also important to consider the potential risks of continuing to use an unsupported operating system, such as security vulnerabilities that may not be patched and compliance issues.

In conclusion, the end of life of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is an important milestone for organizations using the product. It is recommended to begin planning an upgrade to a supported operating system in order to take advantage of the latest features and security updates, and to mitigate the risks of using an unsupported product.

Need Assistance?

Workspace IT can help you migrate from Server 2012, our engineers have a wealth of experience migrating services between operating systems along with the ability to provide project management to ensure completion of your upgrade/migration.
Get in touch and we will be happy to discuss your requirements, absolutely no obligation, just a friendly professional service.

For more information on the end of support and Microsoft product life cycles see these articles on the Microsoft website:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/products/windows-server-2012
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/products/windows-server-2012-r2

IGEL Technical Workshop

June 1st 2023 - Workspace IT - IGEL Technical Workshop

That's a wrap! Our IGEL Technical Workshop is complete, a big thank you to all the attendees for not only attending but also making the webinar interactive with lots of questions during the Q&A sections of the webinar. We hope you enjoyed it and look forward to speaking to you more about Workspace IT & IGEL.

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How can I find out more about IGEL?
If you want to know more, reach out and one of our IGEL Experts (Certified Architects) will be more than happy to talk with you, give a personalised demo and work through the benefits of how IGEL can simplify and benefit your organisation.

Windows 7 & Server 2008/R2 Support Has Ended – Act Now!

If you haven’t already heard, Microsoft support for both Windows 7 and Server 2008/R2 has ended.

What does this mean?

What can we do?

That’s a big job, can you help?

For more information on the end of support and Microsoft product life cycles see these articles on the Microsoft website:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search/1163

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-ended-on-january-14-2020