If you have been using your computer for several years now and you haven’t bothered to upgrade to Microsoft’s newer products and services, you might want to do that soon as Microsoft has since published a list of products and services that will stop receiving support in the future. Now we don’t expect Microsoft to support all their products forever, so it is understandable that they will be ceasing support for some of their older products.
The list is pretty extensive, but here are some of the more notable products that could potentially affect the majority of users. This includes the entire lineup of Windows 7, Windows Phone 7.8, and Windows Server 2008. For Windows Phone 7.8, mainstream support will end of the 9th of September 2014, while mainstream support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will end of the 13th of January 2015.
Now we should point out that this doesn’t mean the product is dead, but rather Microsoft is transitioning it to extended support, which means that it will have an additional lease on life for the next 5 years, but would only come with updates that are crucial to the software, like security updates and hotfixes.
Now there are some products which Microsoft is officially ending all support for. This includes Host Integration Server 2004, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Systems Management Server 2003, Virtual Server 2005, Visual FoxPro 9.0 Professional Edition, and Windows CE 5.0.