End of Life for popular Windows products

07 February 2019, 11:35 GMT
By Adam Flynn

It’s the end of the road for Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2011, Exchange Server 2010 and Windows Server 2008. For organisations still using this technology alarm bells should be ringing about the need to migrate to a newer OS like Windows Server 2016 or now may be the time to look at how cloud solutions could be beneficial.

In less than a year and 11 years after its initial release Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 is reaching its end of life (EOL). For a full list of Windows products EOL dates scroll to the bottom of this blog.

The end is near signage

So if your organisation is still using Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 or the associated Exchange Server 2010 or Windows Server 2008 what will it actually mean when support ends in 2020?

It means the end of sales, the end of support and the end of monitoring and updates.

  • Updates: No further patches or updates will be developed or released after the end of support (there were-almost 100 critical updates have been released in 2018.
  • Compliance: Your organisation will not meet with many industry wide compliance standards and regulations, such as Cyber Essentials.
  • Cyber Security: With no further security patches released your organisation will be vulnerable to security threats.

The security vulnerabilities should not be under estimated, with no security patches released your organisation vulnerable to cyber security attack and other viruses. High profile viruses such as WannaCry ransomware which affected the NHS were caused by a virus attacking organisations running Microsoft Operating Systems that had not been kept up-to-date. The bottom line is that any business or individual using a workstation or server that is operating any of these three Microsoft products/systems in January 2020 will be in be putting themselves in jeopardy.

So if you’re organisation is running any of those systems or applications now is the time to plan your upgrade. Extended Support for will end for all users on the same day meaning there may be delaying in shipping dates for on the same day.

If you’re unsure which systems and applications your business is running or whether cloud could provide you with a better alternative ask us for a free IT audit.

Windows EOT Dates

Microsoft Office:

Office 2010 – October 13, 2020
Web Apps Server 2013  – April 11, 2023
Office 2016 – October 14, 2025

Microsoft Windows:

  • Windows 7 – January 14, 2020
  • Windows 8.1 – January 10, 2023
  • Windows 10, version 1709 – April 9, 2019

Microsoft Windows Server:

  • Windows Server 2008 – January 14, 2020
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – January 14, 2020
  • Windows Server 2012 – October 10, 2023
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – January 10, 2023
  • Windows Server 2016 – January 11, 2027

Microsoft Exchange Server:

  • Exchange Server 2010 – January 14, 2020
  • Exchange Server 2016 – October 14, 2025

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