Microsoft Desktop End of Support

14-Sep-2020

 

For information about what End Of Support (EOS) means, see our blog what does end of support mean.

 

For many businesses, Microsoft desktop products such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook etc) and browsers such as Internet Explorer or Edge are among the main ways in which staff interact with and process business information.

 

When these products reach their end of support (EOS) date, they represent an increasing level of risk for your business unless you upgrade to a supported version of the product.

 

For desktop products, running EOS software makes your business particularly vulnerable to the most common types of cyber attack including:

  • Phishing and Ransomware attacks – which are often perpetrated through using specially crafted Word, Excel or PDF attachments which contain malicious macros or code.

  • Drive-by malware attacks which rely on out of date or insecure web browsers

You also risk difficulties  in accessing modern cloud and server systems which rely on modern security  features to keep your data secure.  This will cause interruption of IT services for your staff, and possible loss of revenue if they are unable to work.

 

Microsoft Lifecycle Policy

 

Microsoft has a highly structured product lifecycle policy which helps customers understand and predict exactly when the products they are using in their business are going to reach their end of support date.

 

See:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 – Modern Policy

  • Microsoft Windows (older versions) – Fixed Policy 

  • For Microsoft Office and other products, you can search for your product here

Common products and their EOS dates

 

The table below shows Microsoft desktop products that have recently or will be coming to end of support soon, and the recommended products to upgrade to.

 

Microsoft Product                      End of support Date         Our Recommended upgrade

 

Windows 10, version 2004           14th Dec 2021

Windows 10, version 1909           10th May 2022

Windows 10, version 1903            8th Dec 2020                     Windows 10 version 1909 or LTSC 2019

Windows 10, version 1809           11th May 2021*                  Windows 10 version 1909 or LTSC 2019

Windows 10, version 1803           10th Nov 2020                    Windows 10 version 1909 or LTSC 2019

Windows 10, version 1709           13th Oct 2020*                   Windows 10 version 1909 or LTSC 2019

Windows 10, version 1703            8th Oct 2019                      Windows 10 version 1909 or LTSC 2019

Windows 8.1                                 10th Jan 2023                    Windows 10 version 1909 or LTSC 2019

Windows 7                                    14th Jan 2020                    Windows 10 version 1909 or LTSC 2019

Office 2010                                   13th Oct 2020                     Microsoft 365 or Office 2019

Office 2007                                   10th Oct 2017                     Microsoft 365 or Office 2019

 

 

*extended from Apr 2020 due to Covid-19 crisis

 

 

What should I do next? 

 

  1. Check in the list above or on the Microsoft support lifecycle page whether you are running EOS products, or products which are about to become EOS. 
     

  2. Understand whether you have a business need for running EOS products (such as compatibility with other systems, or lack of budget to upgrade). 
     

  3. Talk to us for a free consultation about your options.  

 

How can we help? 

 

Lucid Thinking can help you decide which desktop solution is most effective for you. Contact us to discuss your options if you have any of the above products going end of support. 

 

 

                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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