Common Microsoft products will no longer receive “mainstream” support from Microsoft as of January 13th, 2014. Included in that list of products are Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Storage Server 2008. Click here to read more on Microsoft’s website.
Unlike the end of support for Windows XP later this year, mainstream support is a generally five-year period wherein Microsoft provides free updates, including security patches, to all product users. After mainstream support ends, the product enters extended support wherein security patches are provided free, but other major updates are paid and require updated licensing deals. Extended support often lasts around five years.
Windows 7 and its relatives will continue to be useful and safe for years to come. These products will still receive free security updates. They will not receive free feature updates.
So Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Storage Server 2008 are safe. Is it time for an upgrade? Not necessarily, but if you would like to upgrade, we can certainly help. Contact us for more information.
Other products are losing support entirely this or next year. Windows Server 2003, for example, will no longer be supported as of July 14, 2015. You can find the whole list by clicking here.
Learn more about Microsoft’s product support lifecycle by clicking here.