Microsoft is providing IT admins with an extra six months of support for some older versions of Windows. The software giant has been working with businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and delay the end of support dates that mostly impact Windows 10 versions.
With most organizations having their employees work remotely, there is little workforce and time to adequately prepare for software, services, and operating systems reaching the end of support and the handling of necessary upgrades.
Due to this, Microsoft is now delaying the end of support for a variety of older software until after the Coronavirus crisis passes.
“Microsoft has been deeply engaged with customers around the world who are impacted by the current public health situation,” says a Microsoft statement. “As a member of the global community, we want to contribute to reducing the stress our customers face right now.”
Below are the affected products, the original end of support dates, and their new EoS dates. For any products that have additional information regarding this delay, we have linked to them from the product name.
Microsoft further states that this announcement does not affect the end of support dates for software not listed above.
This means that the end of support dates for Exchange Server 2010, Office 2010, Project 2010, Office 2016 for Mac, and Office 2013 connectivity to the Office 365 services will continue with their scheduled dates.