Q: Hotfix Support for Microsoft Products

Microsoft releases several products every year but the big ones are their Operating Systems and Office Suites. Below is a summary of Microsoft Life-cycle plans for their most popular products.

Software life-cycle refers to the support phase of a product where the company will provide technical support or software updates for a limited period of time. Microsoft usually provides five years of Mainstream Support, followed by five years of Extended Support for a total of ten years for their products.

Below is a summary of select products, for more details on a product that is not listed here, please visit Microsoft’s Life-cycle Support Site

Definitions:

  • Initial Release: The month and year the product was introduced to the market.
  • Mainstream Support End: The date which Microsoft will no longer actively support the product with non-paid technical support, new features, and/or non-security related fixes.
  • Extended Support End: The date which all support for the product ends, no security fixes or any other updates for the product will be available.

Microsoft Windows Operating System

  • Windows 10
    Initial Release:July 2015
    Mainstream Support End:October 13, 2020
    Extended Support End:October 14, 2025
  • Windows 8.x
    Initial Release:October 2012
    Mainstream Support End:January 9, 2018
    Extended Support End:Jaunary 10, 2023

Security Fixes Only

  • Windows 7
    Initial Release:October 2009
    Mainstream Support End:January 13, 2015
    Extended Support End:January 14, 2020

Discontinued Operating Systems

Probably should think about upgrading your computer at this point.

  • Windows Vista
    Initial Release:January 2007
    Mainstream Support End:April 10, 2012
    Extended Support End:April 11, 2017
  • Windows XP
    Initial Release:December 2001
    Mainstream Support End:April 14, 2009
    Extended Support End:April 8, 2014
  • Windows 2000
    Initial Release:March 2000
    Mainstream Support End:June 30, 2005
    Extended Support End:July 13, 2010
  • Windows ME
    Initial Release:December 2000
    Mainstream Support End:December 31, 2003
    Extended Support End:July 11, 2006
  • Windows 98 SE (Second Edition)
    Initial Release:June 1999
    Mainstream Support End:June 30, 2002
    Extended Support End:July 11, 2006
  • Windows 98 Standard Edition
    Initial Release:June 1998
    Mainstream Support End:June 30, 2002
    Extended Support End:July 11, 2006
  • Windows NT Workstation 4.0
    Initial Release:July 1996
    Mainstream Support End:June 30, 2002
    Extended Support End:June 30, 2004
  • Windows 95
    Initial Release:August 1995
    Mainstream Support End:December 31, 2000
    Extended Support End:December 31, 2001

Microsoft Office Suites

Windows Versions

  • Office 2016
    Initial Release:September 2015
    Mainstream Support End:October 13, 2020
    Extended Support End:October 14, 2025
  • Office 2013
    Initial Release:January 2013
    Mainstream Support End:April 10, 2018
    Extended Support End:April 11, 2023
  • Security Fixes Only

  • Office 2010
    Initial Release:July 2010
    Mainstream Support End:October 13, 2015
    Extended Support End:October 13, 2020
  • Office 2007
    Initial Release:January 2007
    Mainstream Support End:October 8, 2012
    Extended Support End:October 10, 2017
Discontinued
  • Office 2003
    Initial Release:November 2003
    Mainstream Support End:April 14, 2009
    Extended Support End:April 8, 2014
  • Office XP
    Initial Release:May 2001
    Mainstream Support End:July 11, 2006
    Extended Support End:July 12, 2011
  • Office 2000
    Initial Release:June 1999
    Mainstream Support End:June 30, 2004
    Extended Support End:July 15, 2009

Mac OS X Only Versions

  • Office 2016 for Mac
    Initial Release: December 2015
    Mainstream Support End: October 13, 2020
    Extended Support End: Not Applicable
  • Office for Mac 2011
    Initial Release: December 2010
    Mainstream Support End: October 10, 2017
    Extended Support End: Not Applicable
Discontinued
  • Office 2008 for Mac
    Initial Release: March 2008
    Mainstream Support End:April 9, 2013
    Extended Support End:Not Applicable
  • Office 2004 for Mac
    Initial Release: July 2004
    Mainstream Support End:January 10, 2012
    Extended Support End:Not Applicable
  • Office X for Mac
    Initial Release:October 2001
    Mainstream Support End:January 9, 2007
    Extended Support End:Not Applicable

Internet Explorer

Do Not Use, Unsafe Browsers!

  • Windows Internet Explorer 9.0 – Status: Upgrade Now
    Initial Release:March 15, 2011
    Mainstream Support End:Unknown
    Extended Support End:Unknown
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8.0 – Status: Upgrade Now
    Initial Release:June 17, 2009
    Mainstream Support End:January 13, 2015
    Extended Support End:January 14, 2020
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7.0 – Status: Upgrade Now
    Initial Release:October 18, 2006
    Mainstream Support End:April 10, 2012
    Extended Support End:April 11, 2017

Discontinued

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 – Status: Upgrade Now
    Initial Release:December 31, 2001
    Mainstream Support End:April 14, 2009
    Extended Support End:April 8, 2014
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 – Status: Upgrade Now
    • Initial Release: December 31, 2000
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 – Status: Upgrade Now
    • Initial Release: September 18, 1998

These dates may change, please refer to Microsoft’s Life-cycle Support Site for the most current dates.

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