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On Jan 14, 2020, Microsoft has announced the retirement of more than 15 products that reached the end of support.

What does the end of support mean?

Microsoft support life cycleWhen a product retired or reach its end of support, there will be NO

  • New security updates,
  • New non-security updates,
  • Free and Paid support options.
  • Online technical content updates. 

Briefly, End of support means updates are no longer provided, and it is highly recommended to upgrade to the latest on-premise or cloud version.

What's the Risk after the support has ended?

Microsoft End of support riskAfter the support has ended, your PC/Server, as well as your product, will still work, but Microsoft will no longer

  • Provide technical support for any issues, 
  • Update the technical documentation.
  • Provide bug fixes.
  • Additionally, you will stop receiving security and quality updates. therefore, it may become more vulnerable to security risks.

Microsoft products reaching the end of support | Today (01/14/2020)

Windows 7 end of support

Below is a list of Microsoft products reaching its end of support on Jan 14, 2020.

Windows 7*

  • Mainstream support end date:01/13/2015.
  • Extended support end date: 01/14/2020.
  • Action: to keep secure and supported, it's recommended to upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2*

  • Windows Server 2008 end of supportMainstream support end date:01/13/2015.
  • Extended support end date: 01/14/2020.
  • Action: to keep secure and supported, it's recommended to upgrade to Windows Server 2016 / 2019. 

for more details, please, check an Overview of Windows Server upgrades. 

Other retired products 

Below is a list of 16 retired products that also reached its end of support:

  1. Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems*.
  2. Dynamics NAV 2009 R2.
  3. Dynamics NAV 2009 Service Pack 1.
  4. Expression Blend 3.
  5. Expression Design 3.
  6. Expression Encoder 3.
  7. Expression Studio 3.
  8. Expression Web 3.
  9. Hyper-V Server 2008.
  10. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.
  11. SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2.
  12. Visual Studio 2017 version 15.0.
  13. Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
  14. Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.
  15. Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2.
  16. Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2.

Products its end of support has been extended

Exchange server 2010 end of supportExchange Server 2010

  • Mainstream support end date: 01/13/2015.
  • Support end date: 01/14/2020.
  • Extended Support end date: 10/13/2020.
  • Action: 
    • Upgrade to Office 365 as a cloud solution.
    • Upgrade to SharePoint 2016 / 2019 as an on-prem solution.

The Exchange Server 2010 end of support was 01/14/2020 but it has been extended to 10/13/2020 to give customers more time to complete their migrations as well as to be aligned with the end of support for 

  • Office 2010 includes Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Excel.
  • Project Server 2010.
  • SharePoint Server 2010.
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010.

You may be also interested to check How to Upgrade and Update SharePoint.


In this post, we have explored the list of Microsoft products reaching its end of support on Jan 14, 2020.

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