Microsoft "End of life products" 2023
from the social media team, 04.01.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX
Because the development of good software is not just a one-off effort, but requires ongoing maintenance, care, further development and adaptation, software products must also come to an end of their life cycle. This frees up development work for new products and solutions stay up to date. This is also the case at Microsoft, which is why we have to expect the end of the life cycle of various products again this year and have to take this into account for projects.
Microsoft currently uses two different Lifecycle Policy strategies, called the "Fixed Lifecycle Policy" and the "Modern Lifecycle Policy".
Most experienced technicians will already die from the past Fixed policy know where Microsoft works in 10-year cycles. The first 5 years of a server release was known as "mainstream" support, where all new feature updates were provided and full compatibility was guaranteed. After that, products were in the so-called "extended" support, where there were all security updates but no more new features.
If a product leaves this life cycle, the software is no longer maintained and there are neither new feature updates nor security updates against new vulnerabilities. By then at the latest, companies should consider replacing the product or upgrading to a newer version in support.
The second strategy that modern policy, is aimed at software solutions that are continuously being developed, so that no fixed end of life is planned. This policy is mainly used for cloud solutions, where rapid further development is more important than fixed versions.
The following products from the modern policy Development line will be completely discontinued in 2023 and will no longer be developed or provided by Microsoft. Continued operation with an old version is no longer possible here either.
|Visio Services on SharePoint (in Microsoft 365)||-|
|Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine (classic)||March 1, 2023|
|Scheduler for Microsoft 365||September 1, 2023|
Anyone who uses the Messenger Kaizala should switch to another solution such as Teams as soon as possible. Azure infrastructure administrators should also no longer provide Azure VMs with the Classic Profile.
Other products can continue to be used despite the end of their life cycle, albeit with the great risk that security gaps and incompatibility in the software can cause widespread disruption.
|Product||End of Servicing|
|Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, version 2107||-|
|Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises (Modern Policy), 2021 release wave 2, version 19.x||April 12, 2023|
|Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, version 20H2
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 20H2
|May 9, 2023|
|Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, version 2111||June 1, 2023|
|Windows 10 Home and Pro, version 21H2||June 13, 2023|
|Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, version 2203||October 6, 2023|
|Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises (Modern Policy), 2022 release wave 1, version 20.x
Windows 11 Home and Pro, version 21H2
|October 10, 2023|
Companies should plan the upgrade to the latest solution version at an early stage and, if necessary, purchase new licenses before operations are jeopardized.
The Fixed policy the end of the life cycle is usually associated with larger projects, since entire server versions have to be exchanged and migrated. According to the fixed end of a product release, this list is longer and companies should budget for the replacement.
|Product||end of support|
|Dynamics AX 2012 R3
Dynamics NAV 2013
Dynamics NAV 2013 R2
Internet Information Services (IIS), IIS 8.5 on Windows 8.1
Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 8.0
Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Runtime
Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2012
Service Bus for Windows Server
User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 1.0
Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
Windows 7, Extended Security Update Year 3*
Windows Defender For Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro
Windows Server 2008 Extended Security Update Year 3
Windows Server 2008 R2, Extended Security Update Year 3
Workflow Manager 1.0
Dynamics GP 2013 R2
Exchange Server 2013
HPC Pack 2012
HPC Pack 2012 R2
Microsoft Lync Phone Edition
Microsoft Lync Server 2013
Microsoft Office 2013
Microsoft OneNote 2013
SharePoint Foundation 2013
SharePoint Server 2013
Skype for Business 2015
|April 11, 2023|
|BizTalk Server 2013
BizTalk Server 2013 R2
Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement Apps, version 9 (on-premises update), Original Release (ver 9.0)
Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring 2.0
Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Extended Security Update Year 4 (Azure only)
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, Extended Security Update Year 4 (Azure only)
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Extended Security Update Year 1
Visual Studio 2022 , Version 17.0 (LTSC channel)
Windows Embedded 8 Standard
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry
|July 11th, 2023|
|Excel 2019 for Mac
Hyper V Server 2012
Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
Internet Explorer 7
Internet Information Services (IIS), IIS 8 on Windows Server 2012
Internet Information Services (IIS), IIS 8.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2
Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac
Microsoft Office Audit and Control Management Server 2013
Outlook 2019 for Mac
PowerPoint 2019 for Mac
Windows Embedded Compact 2013
Windows Embedded POSReady 7, Extended Security Update Year 2*
Windows Embedded Standard 7, Extended Security Update Year 3*
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server Update Services for Windows Server 2012
Windows Server Update Services for Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Storage Server 2012
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2
Word 2019 for Mac
|October 10, 2023|
This is what really stands out on this list End of life of Windows Server 2012 as well as des Exchange Server 2013 in the eye. Also the end of Hyper V Server 2012 and from Office 2013 should be known to all companies!
The last block of lifecycle changes concerns the transition from mainstream to extended support, where Microsoft will no longer provide new features. Extended Support is also considered to have limited support in hybrid deployments with Microsoft 365, so organizations should only use mainstream support software.
A review of the company policy makes sense for the following software versions in order to keep your finger on the pulse of the modern world.
|Product||End of Mainstream Support|
Dynamics GP 2018 R2
Dynamics NAV 2018
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2018
Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises (Fixed Policy)
Microsoft Office 2019
|October 10, 2023|