Approximately every 10 years after the release of a product, Microsoft products reach the end of their support lifecycle. In 2020, this will include Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, Microsoft Office 2010, and Microsoft Exchange 2010.
Windows Server 2008 was to experience its end of support sooner but received an extension. It will not receive an extension again. You will have access to your server but will lose critical support such as:
- Free on-premise security updates
- Regular updates
- Technical help
You should update as soon as possible to the latest environment before the deadline to prevent security breaches. Find an extended list of Server 2008 and 2008 R2 products reaching their end of support here.
October 2020 will see the end of support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Similar to Server 2008, it will become a security burden after this date. You can continue to run Exchange 2010 after this date, but new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and technical support via phone or chat will not be available to you.
Microsoft Office 2010 will also reach the end of its support lifecycle, paralleling the same consequences as Exchange 2010. We suggest upgrading to Office 365. Contact us for a free consultation on what the right next step for you is.
Leaving to your upgrade to the last minute will cost you more and potentially keep you on the vulnerable system past the deadline date. Staying on this system will open your system to malware and viruses without any solution to stop it.