This storm has been creeping along at a steady pace since 2009. In 2009 the storm was a gentle shower. It was actually quite refreshing and new and we all enjoyed it a great deal. The storm I speak of is Windows 7 and 2008 R2. Both operating systems were released in 2009 and both were tremendous leaps forward in technology and stability.
Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 were so stable and functional that almost 10 years later more than half of the Windows based operating systems in the world still have them in production environments. Nobody wants them to go away especially since Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 were both horrible disasters and Windows 10 (although a great improvement) is very different in feel and function.
The problem is that Microsoft is going to stop updating Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020 which means that any remaining Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 operating systems will be highly vulnerable to attacks. They will also fall out of compliance for use in highly regulated industries such as financial and healthcare.
Also keep in mind that January 14th, 2020 is only 1 year 10 months away, or one more budget period to plan and execute installation of new systems! Microsoft's planned obsolescence is the storm that is coming.
Watch this brief 3 minute video to learn more about the coming storm.