In the latest COVID-19 pandemic moves, Microsoft is extending support for another six months to SharePoint Server 2010 and Windows 10 1809.
Microsoft on Tuesday extended support for six months for more products, telling customers that SharePoint Server 2010 will now receive updates by April 13, 2021 and that Windows 10 1809 will receive security fixes by November 10, 2020.
«In response to the COVID-19 crisis and growing customer demand, we decided to examine support for SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies,» Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager in the SharePoint team, wrote in a post on April 14 to a company blog.
SharePoint Server 2010 was due to shut down on October 13th.
In the meantime, the company has also postponed the end date of support for Windows 10 1809. «To help alleviate some of the burdens facing customers, we will reject the end date of the scheduled service for Home, Pro, Pro Education, Windows 10 Desktop and IoT Core Pro, version 1809, by November 10, 2020, «the Redmond, Washington-based company said in the Windows Message Center. From June to November, Microsoft will only provide vulnerability patches.
Windows 10 1809, released by Microsoft in November 2018, was initially set to go unsupported on May 12th.
Other products have also received six-month delays, including SharePoint Foundation 2010, Project Server 2010, Windows Server 1809, and the current branch of Configuration Manager 1810. Extensions will continue to provide monthly security updates and emergency fixes if needed. , as well as both. paid support and self-help.
Microsoft announced the first pandemic withdrawal delay four weeks ago, when it added six months to Windows 10 1709, giving Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education users until October 13 to migrate to a newer version. At the time, Microsoft did not explain why it chose six months instead of a longer period, a year, for example.
He also offered no justification today. But Microsoft has made it clear that the six-month delay is all for SharePoint. «Microsoft does not intend to extend support for SharePoint 2010 after April 13, 2021,» Kashman wrote. «This is a unique extension due to the COVID-19 outbreak.»
Surprisingly, Microsoft recommended that customers switch from a local SharePoint Server product to Microsoft 365, the state-of-the-art subscription program that includes Office 365 applications and services (including SharePoint Online), Windows 10, and a suite of tools. Security and administration. . Microsoft has aggressively launched customer subscriptions, arguing that the rental model does not guarantee that users always have the latest at hand. Regular and endless revenue, of course, is an advantage for Microsoft’s bottom line.
Companies that want to run SharePoint locally can upgrade to one of three newer editions: SharePoint Server 2013, 2016, or 2019. The first versions accept April 11, 2023, while the second and third versions are not supported on April 11, 2023 July 14. 2026.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to update between 2010 and 2019. Instead, customers need to upgrade from 2010 to 2013, then from 2013 to 2016, and finally from 2016 to 2019. More information about this step-by-step approach are available here.
Microsoft has a full list of products due to the loss of support in October
Postponing SharePoint Server 2010 may not be Microsoft’s latest. A large number of products are scheduled to be removed from support lists this year, possibly requiring as much extra time as SharePoint Server 2010 and Windows 10.
Office 2010 and its various SKUs (Storage Units); Office 2016 on Mac; standalone applications such as Word 2010 and Excel 2010; and associated local servers, including Exchange Server 2010; all will expire on October 13.
Windows 10 also has some data approaching 2020. Currently, Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 and Windows 10 Education 1803 are scheduled to lose support on November 10, while all Windows 10 1903 SKUs, from Home to Enterprise, will be withdrawn on November 8. December.
Giving everything now with a retirement date in 2020, with six more months, would change the burden for next year. Office 2010, for example, would not lose support until April 13, 2021. Windows 10 1803 and 1903 would receive updates until May 11, 2021 and June 8, 2021, respectively.
It is unclear whether Microsoft will extend all deadlines. There are a number of factors to consider, from estimating how long companies will have employees working from home to the obvious desire not to unduly delay revenue-generating updates and subscription changes.
At the same time, customers are likely to wonder why they can’t have more time to migrate from, say, Exchange Server 2010, when others have been given six more months to leave SharePoint Server 2010. And he asks, with good reason, to retire. Deadlines for Windows 10 at 1809 and 1903 in less than a month, why the latter does not receive the same extension as the previous one.
Microsoft may want to keep support extensions to a minimum because of the disruptions it causes to the overall program, but that horse has left the barn. Indeed, the calendar is already a disaster. For a short metronomic period, the Windows 10 cadence increased in its place, with support periods of 18 months and 24, 30 months and 36.
It seems reasonable for Microsoft to continue to add support time as the pandemic continues and its impact on both society and business.