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What kind of Microsoft products does your business use on a regular basis? If you can’t answer this question, you could be in trouble when it comes time to update your crucial applications and operating systems. This is a necessary part of working with technology; if your software can’t be considered secure, you need to upgrade to a more recent, better-functioning tool, or find yourself in a dangerous situation.
Microsoft in particular has a very specific way of handling support for their products. The software giant will provide what’s called “mainstream support,” which involves accepting requests for new features and hotfixes for key issues. Once mainstream support ends, the product enters an “extended support” period, where all warranties end, and the only support your product receives is security updates and patches.
Both of these periods last for five years, meaning that the lifespan of a piece of software is effectively ten years. Once extended support ends, the product reaches its “end of life,” in which Microsoft no longer supports the software at all.
Below, you’ll find a list of all Microsoft products that will reach their end of support date on July 12th, 2016. If your organization is currently using any of this software, you should seriously consider upgrading before it becomes a security discrepancy.
Service Packs Reaching End of Support
Products Moving from Mainstream to Extended Support
Products marked with * expire on July 10th, 2016, rather than July 12th, 2016.
Products Moving to End of Support
Is your organization is facing an end-of-life event for any of these technologies? If so, contact NTConnections. We’ll work with you to determine the best course of action for replacing your dying software. To learn more, reach out to us at (703) 288-9767.