A number of key Microsoft products are approaching end of support deadlines. Mainstream support for all Windows 7 products, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, all editions of Windows Storage Server 2008, Dynamics C5 2010, NAV 2009 and 2009 R2, will happen on January 13, 2015. The complete end of support for Windows Server 2003 will occur July 14, 2015.
Mainstream vs. Extended Support
“Mainstream Support” is a five-year period when Microsoft delivers free patches, fixes, and security updates for its products.
When a product reaches its initial 5 year mark, Microsoft continues to provide “Extended Support” which is typically another 5 years. Extended support means users get free security fixes but other types of updates are paid and often require licensing deals.
When a product reaches its complete “End of support” it means there will be no more fixes or patches, paid or free, security or non-security, coming for a products.
Mainstream Support is ending on January 13th, 2015 for these key Microsoft products:
– Windows 7
– Windows Server 2008
– Windows Server 2008 R2
– Windows Storage Server 2008
– Dynamics C5 2010
– NAV 2009
– NAV 2009 R2
Some tech experts speculate that Microsoft may extend Windows 7 support deadlines like they did for Windows XP. Given Windows 7’s popularity and pervasiveness it seems very likely but as yet there has been no word from Microsoft officials that this is in the plans.
Mainstream and Extended Support is ending on July 14th, 2015 for these key Microsoft products:
Windows Server 2003 End of Life is approaching next year. On July 14, 2015, Microsoft’s extended support period ends, which means there will be no more patches, updates, or fixes of any kind for the operating system (unless users have Customized Support Agreements in place).
A Windows Server 2003 migration is a long process that needs to planned carefully to ensure a smooth transition.
“With the average Windows Server taking over 200 days to migrate, now it is the time to act and start planning for your migration,” Warned Steve Brennan, Microsoft Business Development Manager at QA. “With the Architectural changes in 32 bit to 64 bit technology – everything changes in Windows Server 2012.”