WINDOWS 7 - END OF SUPPORT UPGRADE

On January 14, 2020, it’s the End of Life (EOL) for Microsoft’s Extended Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/R2 and Exchange Server 2010.  What does this mean if you are currently using any of these Windows products at that time?  It means the end of sales, end of support and end of monitoring and updates.  As a result, security issues would be an issue leaving users vulnerable to attack and exploitation.  Bottom line, any business or individual using a workstation or server that is operating any of these three products/systems come January 14, 2020 will be in jeopardy.

To explain, Microsoft has a support lifetime for each of their products and systems.  When one is released, a lifecycle of support begins and ends in phases as follows.

 

LIFECYCLE SUPPORT PHASES

The lifecycle of a Windows product or system starts when they are released and ends when they no longer supported.  There are various phases of lifecycle support; however, the two most notable are Mainstream Support and Extended Support.

 

Mainstream Support

At the lifecycle start date, Mainstream Support begins and is available for five years following the date of release.  During this time, customers receive full support for their product.  It includes performance and security updates and enhancements to the system.

 

Extended Support

When Mainstream Support ends, Extended Support begins and is available for five years.  In this phase, Microsoft focuses only on providing updates that address security vulnerabilities or concerns.  Lastly, warranty claims are no longer valid or accepted during this time, which is known as “End of Life.”

 

END OF LIFE

Because Extended Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/R2 and Exchange Server 2010 ends on January 14, 2020, you need to be prepared in advance.  Of these three EOLs, Windows 7 will be the most extensive.  It is the most popular operating system because of its extremely stable operating system, the release of Windows 8, and the end of Extended Support for Windows XP.  Windows 10 is slowly growing in popularity and now second in place to Windows 7.

Below are some commonly used Microsoft products and their end of Extended Support dates.  If you are using any of them, you should update to the latest versions of each in ample time prior to their End of Life dates to avoid security issues.

 

Microsoft Office

  • Office 2010 - October 13, 2020

  • Web Apps Server 2013  - April 11, 2023

  • Office 2016 - October 14, 2025

 

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows 7 - January 14, 2020

  • Windows 8.1 - January 10, 2023

  • Windows 10, version 1709 - April 9, 2019

 

Microsoft Windows Server

  • Windows Server 2008 - January 14, 2020

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 - January 14, 2020

  • Windows Server 2012 - October 10, 2023

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 - January 10, 2023

  • Windows Server 2016 - January 11, 2027

 

Microsoft Exchange Server

  • Exchange Server 2010 - January 14, 2020

  • Exchange Server 2016 - October 14, 2025

For additional lifecyle dates for Microsoft products, search Microsoft Lifecycle Policy.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW

Since Extended Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/R2 and Exchange Server 2010 will end on the same day for everyone, businesses and users worldwide will be transitioning simultaneously. Backorders and late shipping dates will cause long delays, and engineers will be in high demand. Time and availability will quickly be taken while others’ workstations and servers are being replaced.

As your managed services provider (MSP) and IT support company, we are prepared and ready to help you transition to the latest operating system and server.

To stay ahead of the curve, start planning for EOL dates in 2020 now. Contact us to strategically update your software and hardware to avoid placing your business, users and customers at risk. Connect with us here today.