windows end of life

Microsoft software lifecycle dates

Posted on 29th October 2012 by Adrian Fowler

This is a list of important dates which effect users running versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. When the dates arrive, Microsoft will no longer be supporting the versions detailed, and this includes providing fixes, updates and online technical assistance.

What this means?

Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive important security fixes and updates which have in the past to varying degrees, protected your system from certain virus’s, spyware, as well as your system being compromised by an unscrupulous user hacking into your computer to hijack sensitive information.

Desktop operating system

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7*

Windows 8

Windows 10

Latest service pack

Service Pack 3

Service Pack 2

Service Pack 1

Not yet available

End of mainstream support

April 14, 2009

April 10, 2012

January 13, 2015

January 9, 2018

October 13, 2020

End of extended support

April 8, 2014

April 11, 2017

January 14, 2020

January 10, 2023

October 14, 2025

*Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013. Be sure to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 immediately to continue to receive important updates as well as support from Microsoft.

Server operating systems inc. Exhange & SQL

Windows Server 2003 Standard edition

Exchange Server 2003 Standard edition

Exchange Server 2007 Standard

Exchange Server 2010 Standard

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

SQL Server 2008 R2

End of mainstream support

July 13, 2010

April 14, 2009

April 10, 2012

January 13, 2015

January 13, 2015

July 7, 2014

End of extended support

July 14, 2015

April 8, 2014

April 11, 2017

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020

July 9, 2019

What should we do?

If you are running any of the products listed above, then you will need to start thinking about updating; allowing yourself enough time to plan, deploy and test the updates whilst the current Microsoft software is still supported. You may also need to update certain applications, or check them for compatibility with the newer versions of Windows, Server or SQL Server.

In some circumstances where more complex installations are in place, it may be wise both from a cost and business continuity point of view to initially deploy a virtual replacement server, fully configured and tested whilst the existing equipment and servers are online. Once the new system has passed all tests and is ready to deploy, the virtual server can then be made live either by switching over or converting into a physical machine.

On a final note, if you are running Microsoft Small Business Server 2003, 2008 and are planning to upgrade, then it’s worth remembering that Microsoft are discontinuing sales and future development of this product, so unless you have the budget for the standalone Microsoft Exchange product, then you may have to consider a hybrid in-house Server / Cloud solution.

Current support for all Small Business Server editions is determined by the individual component as listed in the above tables.

If you have any concerns relating to the above then one of our support personnel would be more than happy to discuss your individual circumstances and assist in finding a suitable solution. Please call 01858 455426.

Adrian Fowler
Adrian is the Managing Director of Apograph Ltd which is the owner of the website Computer Support Northampton.

He has worked in the IT industry for 25 years after training in electrical & electronic engineering, writing and publishing software to fund his education.

Adrian started Apograph in 1993 providing IT support to SME’s, since then the business has grown and today his primary focus is on marketing and writing technical articles for publication on numerous websites.

Adrian lives in Leicestershire where the business is based.
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