If you are using Windows 7 operating system, then keep in mind that the operating system is entering its extended phase of support this January. According to Windows 7 help center, Microsoft has set January 13th of this month as the last date of mainstream support for the operating system. After this date, the operating system enters the extended phase of support.
Windows 7 help blogs say that in addition to all versions of Windows 7 operating system, many other Windows programs enter the extended phase of support. These include Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Windows Exchange Server 2010, Windows Storage Server 2008, Windows Dynamics NAV 2009 and Windows Dynamics CS 2010.
Keep in mind that with the end of mainstream support, Microsoft does not stop the support for these programs. Many users fear that after the end of mainstream support, Microsoft would stop all the updates for the program. However, this is not correct. You will still receive security updates and patches for the program during the extended support phase. During the extended phase of support, you will not be receiving any major updates for the program like a service pack for the operating system.
In addition to the above-mentioned programs, two other programs that you will have to update, to receive continued support after this date are Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Service Pack 3 and Visual Studio 2012. You will have to install the latest service packs for these programs to receive future updates from Microsoft.
Last year, we saw several Microsoft programs reaching the end of support cycle. The major one among these programs was Windows XP. The operating system, which had large number of users, was in the extended phase of support until April 14, 2014. Microsoft stopped support for the operating system and now, it no longer receives any sort of updates from the company.
On October 14, we saw three other programs reaching the end of support life cycle, which included Windows CE 5.0, Internet Security, and Acceleration Server 2004. Users also had to update SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010 to receive further updates. When it comes to mobile devices, Microsoft’s Windows 7.8 phone entered the extended phase of support on September 9.
If you are using any of the Windows programs or devices, it is advisable that you have an idea about the support phases. This will help you to make timely updates so that you receive the best support from Microsoft.