Microsoft end of support graphicAs a Microsoft Partner, High Touch Technologies serves its customers as a subject matter expert for Microsoft products and services, dedicated to customer support and product licensing. High Touch has been partnering with Microsoft for over 20 years to provide technology solutions and support for Microsoft products.

As your technology business partner it’s our job to keep you updated when Microsoft products reach the end of their usable lifecycle.

What Does “End of Support” Mean?

In the Microsoft world, “end of support” means more to businesses than it looks like on paper. Sure, you won’t be able to buy additional versions of the product. You also won’t be able to contact Microsoft for product or troubleshooting help.

That’s the obvious stuff. In addition, you won’t receive new productivity or feature enhancements. Microsoft will move all existing development efforts to newer products after the old product reaches its end of support date.

Most importantly, “end of support” means that Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to that particular product. Very quickly, zero-day threats can turn into everyday threats. Hackers knowingly exploit these deadlines to launch cyberattacks once Microsoft’s defenses are down. By continuing to use these products, it’s like leaving the front door unlocked and the cash register open. Except, in addition to financial data, you’re leaving your customers’ and employees’ sensitive data open for the taking too.

Microsoft end of support dates

SQL Server 2008/SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008/Windows Server 2008 R2

SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 have already passed their end of support date. The end of support date for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is less than six months away. Customers who depend on Windows Server 2008 products will no longer receive free security updates, non-essential updates, support options, or online technical content updates. This leaves businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks and database failure with limited Microsoft support.

End of Support Dates

  • SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2. July 9, 2019
  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. January 14, 2020

Update Options

  • Microsoft Azure. A cloud-based computer service platform that provides hundreds of applications through Microsoft-managed data centers. Azure services cover everything from AI and machine learning to databases, developer tools, networking, virtual desktop, and more. A full list of Microsoft Azure products
  • Windows Server (2016, 2019). The most recent iterations of Windows Server. Winders Server 2019 will receive extended support until January 9, 2029.
  • SQL Server (2017, 2019). The most recent iterations of Microsoft SQL Server. SQL Server 2017 will receive extended support until October 12, 2027. Microsoft will release SQL Server 2019 later this year.

Windows 7

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support to focus on supporting newer technologies and experiences.

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance or software updates for Windows 7. This includes security updates that protect your workstations and data from cyberattacks. To ensure product safety and sufficient support resources, businesses must update existing operating systems or upgrade existing hardware to Windows 10 or Microsoft 365 workstations.

End of Support Date

  • January 14, 2020

Update Options

  • Windows 10. Microsoft has committed to providing extended support for Windows 10 until October 14, 2025
  • Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 plans are elite packages of tools that combine Office 365, Windows 10, and enterprise mobility and security tools.

Office 2010

Office 2010 is about a year away from its end of support lifecycle. Which, if your business depends on the suite’s tools like Outlook, Excel, Word, or other Office 2010 applications, you won’t receive new security updates, nonsecurity updates, assisted support options, or online technical content updates after this date. Now is the time to update or at the very least, begin creating your update plan.

End of Support Date

  • October 13, 2020

Update Options

  • Microsoft Office (Latest Versions: 2016, 2019). The most similar, recent iterations of Microsoft Office. Office 2016 will receive extended support until October 14, 2025. Office 2019, released last year, will also receive extended support until October 14, 2025.
  • Office 365. Office 365 includes email, collaboration, and online Office applications with or without fully-installed desktop applications, depending on your plan.
  • Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 plans are elite packages of tools that combine Office 365, Windows 10, and enterprise mobility and security tools.

Need Help Navigating Microsoft’s Product Landscape?

These end of support dates impact a significant number of users. Unfortunately, we’re already noticing supply bottlenecks as manufacturers struggle to compete with increased demand. To ensure your business is prepared for the upcoming end of support deadlines, act now.

We understand how difficult it can be to keep track of end of support dates, product releases, and business needs. High Touch can help you discover the right Software Solutions for your business and build smart implementation and support plans.

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