Microsoft has published a reminder that it will terminate all extended security updates for Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions on January 10, 2023. All systems using these versions of Windows will no longer receive security updates or bug fixes, exposing users to potential risks. The Extended Security Update (ESU) program was the final lifeline for customers who still needed to run legacy Microsoft products beyond their end of Support.
Several products will reach their end of Support in 2023 - discontinuing updates (security or non-security), as well as free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.
The following products, governed by the Modern Policy, will retire in 2023.
|Visio Services in SharePoint (in Microsoft 365)||February 10, 2023|
|Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine (classic)||March 1, 2023|
|Microsoft Store for Business and Education||March 31, 2023|
|Kaizala||August 31, 2023|
|Scheduler for Microsoft 365||September 1, 2023|
Microsoft will also begin moving the following products from Mainstream to Extended Support in 2023 before ending Support for good. Extended Support includes no-cost security updates and paid non-security updates and Support.
|Product||End of Mainstream Support|
|Dynamics GP 2018 Dynamics GP 2018 R2 Dynamics NAV 2018 Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2018||January 10, 2023|
|Access 2019 Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises (Fixed Policy) Excel 2019 Microsoft Office 2019 OneNote 2016 Outlook 2019 PowerPoint 2019 Project 2019 Publisher 2019 Visio 2019 Word 2019||October 10, 2023|
If you are still using one of the systems mentioned above, it’s time to upgrade. Not only will upgrading bring you many more features, but it will also provide you with tighter security. Using an old operating system puts your data at risk since it doesn’t have the latest security patches and updates to protect against malicious software or viruses. This leaves any information stored on your system vulnerable and could lead to a data breach or theft.
Lastly, older versions of Windows are less compatible with modern software and may not support some applications that require more advanced features. This means that some applications will not run properly on older systems (or not run at all).
Note that Microsoft will end Support for Windows 10 in 2025. So, consider upgrading to Windows 11 if you are about to make the jump. If you have questions about upgrading your operating system, contact our experts today — we’re happy to help!
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