Microsoft has started to warn users about the upcoming end of support for a number of its popular products, including Windows 7.
What does end of support really mean? When Microsoft say this, they mean there will be no more fixes or patches (paid or free, security or non-security) for specific products. So the end, really does mean the end.
Which products will be affected?
Mainstream support will end for Windows 7 (Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate and Starter editions) on 13 January 2015. Extended support for Windows 7 will last until 14 January 2020, so users will continue to receive free security updates but not feature updates. Some industry experts are saying that Microsoft might continue with Windows 7 support, in the same way that it did with Windows XP. On that point we’ll have to wait and see…
Mainstream support will also end for the following:
- Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and editions of Windows Storage Server 2008 – ends 13 January 2015
- Dynamics C5 2010, Nav 2009, NAV 2009 R2 – ends 13 January 2015
- Windows Server 2003 - ends 14 July 2015
- Office 2010 –Service Pack 1 – ends 14 October 2014
- SharePoint 2010 with SP1 – ends 14 October 2014
What’s the Microsoft advice for customers?
Microsoft are advising “Customers should migrate to the next available Service Pack to continue receiving security updates and be eligible for other support options”.
Need more information? Visit the Microsoft support page for all of the end of support dates.