Microsoft products will lose support in 2023
Microsoft will have a busy year, with a list of notable products and services “retiring” over the next 12 months.
When support for a product ends, Microsoft stops releasing security patches for it. Organizations can continue to use this software, but security risks and compliance issues could be the consequences.
Microsoft lists many products that will no longer be supported this year on this page. Below are highlights of some commercial products that mostly follow Microsoft’s fixed lifecycle policy. Typically, these products are considered unsupported after the end of the so-called “extended support” phase. Extended support is often, but not always, a five-year period that follows a five-year “mainstream support” phase.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 January end dates
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are already no longer supported, but some organizations can pay for Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) program, which provides access to “critical” (and sometimes “important”) security patches. ”) for a maximum of three years.
Year 3 of the ESU program will be reached for Windows 7, as well as Windows Server 2008, on January 10, 2023.
This January 10, 2023 date marks the end of Windows 7. However, Microsoft is offering a fourth year of ESU support for Windows Server 2008 (and SQL Server 2008) if hosted in an Azure VM.
Organizations pay annually under the ESU program, with costs increasing each year. They will need the software license plus “Software Assurance under an Enterprise Agreement” to be eligible.
Other Windows 2023 client end dates
The end of the Windows 8.1 client operating system and Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro operating systems will occur on January 10, 2023. The same end date is for Microsoft’s Windows Defender for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 antivirus software products.
The almost forgotten Windows RT operating system will also leave on this date of January 10, 2023.
Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry will no longer be supported on July 11, 2023.
Windows Embedded Standard 7 will reach year three of ESU support on October 10, 2023.
Different versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 will reach their end of service date this year. Organizations may need to perform operating system upgrades to remain supported.
Here are the Windows 10 and Windows 11 service end dates for 2023:
- Windows 10 version 20H2 Enterprise and Education editions will be retired on May 9, 2023.
- Windows 10 version 21H2 Home and Pro editions will expire on June 13, 2023.
- Windows 11 version 21H2 Home and Pro editions will no longer be supported on October 10, 2023.
2013 branded servers are no longer supported in April
The year 2023 marks the end of support for various 2013-branded Microsoft server products, including Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, and SharePoint Server 2013. They will all reach their end-of-support milestones on April 11, 2023 .
One oddity in the mix is the Skype for Business 2015 client, which, although it appears to have a few more years of product life left, is also expected to drop out of support on April 11, 2023. However, Skype for Business Server 2015 will still be supported until October 14, 2025.
Microsoft wants Skype for Business Server users to migrate to Microsoft Teams, but such migrations can be complex.
End of support for Office 2013 in April
Microsoft Office 2013 productivity suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.) will no longer be supported on April 11, 2023.
Microsoft has upped the ante for perpetual-licensed Office users by suggesting there may be difficulties signing into Microsoft 365 services, even before the Office product has reached its end-of-support phase. In the case of Office 2013, it has already lost support for Microsoft 365 service integrations, which happened in October 2020, according to Microsoft’s “Windows and Office Configuration Support Matrix” document.
Office apps must be in mainstream support (the first five years) to be assured of having “a supported connection” to Microsoft 365 services, such as OneDrive, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online services, according to the document.” Matrix” from Microsoft. For more on what Microsoft means, if any, about the loss of supported Office connections to Microsoft 365 services, see this August Redmond article.
Microsoft Office 2019 will release from mainstream support on October 10, 2023. It will still have two years of extended support under Microsoft’s truncated support policy (extended support is usually five years, but Microsoft has cut it for this product ). However, the release of Office 2019 from mainstream support this year means connections to the Microsoft 365 service could be uncertain, according to Microsoft’s descriptions in its past announcements and in its documents. Also, Microsoft will not necessarily fix any connection issues that may arise.