What Is Microsoft End of Life and What Does It Mean for My Products?

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Microsoft regularly releases new versions of their software. As these are released and adopted by users support is withdrawn for older versions.

What is the Microsoft Lifecycle?

This provides consistent and predictable guidelines for support throughout the life of a product. In turn, this helps companies/users manage their IT environments & plan for the future.
Microsoft usually provides 5 years of product updates from the date of release and then another 5 years of security-only patches. This is also known as the extended support period. After 10 years, the product is deemed End of Life (EoL).

End of Life products for 2021/22

Luckily, there are not many products moving into End of Life this year or next. However, there are a few versions of Windows 10 now moving into EOL. This can be resolved by running a feature update in the Windows Update settings.

EOL for 2023

Although this may seem like a long way off, it is better to provide your IT department with as much notice as possible as any big updates take time and will almost certainly incur a cost.

2023 is a big year for Microsoft EoL products as it includes a full Windows, Server & Office version. If you have any of those listed below, we recommend you start discussing upgrades for these products with your IT department/IT company:

  • Hyper-V Server 2012 & R2
  • Windows 8.1 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2012 & R2 (all editions)
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 and R2 (all editions)

How can we help?

We have extensive knowledge of supporting our clients with upgrading their EOL products. We can help with recommendations, planning, and upgrading of these systems.
If this is something you would be interested in discussing further or obtaining a tailored quote, please contact us on 01293 52700 or send us a message.

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Gemma Elsbury

IT Manager

In 2016, Gemma joined Optima’s network team. Her main priority is to provide support to our clients and internal staff. Gemma also takes care of the day to day running of the networking team, making sure all issues are solved within SLA’s and clients are happy with the support we provide. More about Gemma.

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