Th.e year 2024 brings substantial changes to Microsoft’s product landscape, marked by a series of retirements, end-of-support dates, and transitions between support phases. This transformation affects a myriad of services, signaling a shift in focus towards more modern solutions and technologies. In this article we will talk about Microsoft’s retiring products, end of support, end of servicing, and extended support for this year.
Microsoft’s Retiring Products
Several products, governed by the Modern Policy, are scheduled for retirement in 2024, with their respective end-of-support dates:
- Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1: Retirement set for February 29, 2024.
- Azure Cloud Services (classic), Machine Learning Studio (classic), Visual Studio for Mac: Retirement slated for August 31, 2024.
- Azure Database for MySQL Single Server: Retirement scheduled for September 16, 2024.
These retirements indicate the end of new security updates, non-security updates, and any form of support, urging users to seek alternatives aligning with their evolving needs.
Additional Azure Changes
The Azure platform will witness several updates and retirements, encompassing API, SDK, feature changes, and various service retirements. A comprehensive list detailing these changes is available for reference on the Azure Updates page.
These changes, effective on specific dates throughout 2024, range from the retirement of legacy Azure AD integrations to the need for updating SDKs and transitioning to newer services like Azure Cosmos DB Java SDK v4.
End of Servicing
Several product versions, governed by the Modern Policy, will cease support in 2024:
- Microsoft Configuration Manager, Dynamics 365 Business Central, .NET 7, and Windows 10/11 21H1 versions will reach their end-of-servicing on different dates in 2024, urging users to upgrade or transition to newer versions to ensure continued support and security.
Read the full list with specific dates, here.
End of Support
Products under the Fixed Policy are also slated for end-of-support in 2024, including Dynamics CRM, Visual Studio versions, and Microsoft SQL Server iterations. These products will cease to receive support, making it crucial for users to plan migrations or upgrades accordingly to mitigate potential security risks.
Read the full list with dates and details, here.
Transition to Extended Support
Certain products are set to move from Mainstream to Extended Support in 2024. This shift involves a change in the support phase, offering security updates at no cost but limiting design changes and new features.
The extensive list of product retirements, end-of-servicing, and transitions to extended support in 2024 underscores Microsoft’s commitment to technological evolution and customer satisfaction. Users are advised to stay informed about these changes and take necessary actions, whether it involves upgrading to newer versions, migrating to alternative solutions, or planning for transitions between support phases. This proactive approach ensures continued security, compatibility, and optimal performance aligned with Microsoft’s evolving ecosystem.
Please contact us for more information about Microsoft’s retiring products or for assistance with any of these changes, our Microsoft experts are here to help.
Written by: Lucy Camero at our partner, Team Venti.