Budgeting for Microsoft Upgrades

Budgeting for Microsoft Upgrades


Microsoft software is reaching End of Support (EOS) which means you may have some upgrading to do. There are two categories of support: Mainstream and Extended. Together, they have a lifetime of 10 years. There have been exceptions to this policy including Windows XP, Server 2008, Server 2012 and SQL Server 2008 in 2019.

When a product reaches end of Mainstream Support, this is what occurs:

  • Microsoft no longer supplies non-security hotfixes unless you have an extended support agreement
  • All warranty claims end
  • Microsoft no long accepts requests for new features and design changes

When a product reaches end of Extended Support there will be no new updates or free or paid assisted support options. Once a product reaches Extended support it will be reflected in vulnerability reports during compliance scans and assessments.

The below chart shows the end of both Mainstream and Extended Support for various software found in most IT environments. The next wave of extended support ending in 2020 includes Windows 7, Server 2008, Office 2007 and Exchange 2010. This gives a two-year head start to work through a redesign of IT infrastructure and the migration of workstations, servers and applications to a new environment which will include server or workstation hardware refresh.

Some budgeting hints for refreshing hardware and software would include:

  • Workstations have a useful life of 3 to 5 years. An annual workstation refresh budget amount should be equal to 33% to 20% of the workstation count. For example, a company with 30 workstations should budget to replace 6 to 10 of these per year.
  • Server hardware and server OS has a useful life of 5 years. In general, server OS should be refreshed when the hardware is refreshed and vice versa. An annual server hardware and server OS refresh budget amount should be 20% of server count. For example; a company with 5 servers should budget to replace one per year. In the event of a virtual environment there may be 1 refresh in 5 years so budgets should be adjusted accordingly.

If you have any questions or would like to further discuss your current environment please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Tower23IT.com.

Software Mainstream Support Ends Extended Support Ends
Windows 7 January 13th, 2015 January 14th, 2020
Windows 8 January 9th, 2018 January 10th, 2023
Windows 10 October 13th, 2020 October 14th, 2025
Server 2008 January 13th, 2015 January 14th, 2020
Server 2012 October 9th, 2018 October 10th, 2023
Server 2016 October 15th, 2021 October 11th, 2027
Office 2007 October 9th, 2012 October 10th, 2017
Office 2010 October 12th, 2015 October 13th, 2020
Office 2013 April 10th, 2018 April 11th, 2023
Office 2016 October 13th, 2020 October 14th, 2025
Exchange 2007 April 10th, 2012 April 11th, 2017
Exchange 2010 January 13th,2015 January 14th, 2020
Exchange 2013 April 10th, 2018 April 11th, 2023
Exchange 2016 October 13th, 2020 October 14th, 2025
SQL Server 2008 July 8th, 2014 July 9th, 2019
SQL Server 2012 July 11th, 2017 July 12th, 2022
SQL Server 2014 July 9th, 2019 July 9th, 2024
SQL Server 2016 July 13th, 2021 July 14th, 2026