As time goes on, operating systems grow old and eventually reach their end-of-support date that’s designated by Microsoft. When this fated day comes, patches and security updates are no longer applied to the expired operating system. To help you better plan for the future, we’ve compiled a list of various expiration dates for many Windows operating systems.
Before we get into the details, we feel the need to explain exactly why you need to ensure your infrastructure is being supported. If you’re not receiving crucial patches and security updates, your organization will be vulnerable to potential hacking attacks. This presents an unnecessary risk that is relatively easy to resolve if you catch the problem ahead of time. Therefore, in order to maximize the security of your infrastructure, you need to keep your operating systems up to date and compliant with the current best practices.
How Support Works
Here’s a basic idea of how Windows operating system support works. Microsoft will provide mainstream support for an operating system for five years following its release. Following the mainstream support period is a five-year period of extended support. The specifics for the two can be seen below:
Windows Operating Systems
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