Goodbye Microsoft Exchange 2007
Exchange 2007 will soon be coming to the end of its product life cycle. After going into extended support in April of 2012, the program is reaching the end of its 5-year extension and will lose Microsoft support as of April 2017.
That may seem like a while away right now, but keep in mind that Microsoft released new upgrades for Exchange 2010 and 2013 on May 27th, but not for Exchange 2007. The last time 2007 received a program specific update was in February of 2014. This means that Exchange 2007 is perfect and they don’t think they can improve it OR that Microsoft has given up on the 8-year old software.
Since it is in extended support Microsoft is only obligated to update the security for 2007, making sure that it’s still safe to use, while all of Microsoft’s other innovation being put into the newer versions of Exchange, like 2010 and 2013.
But after April 2017 Microsoft will no longer offer any support for 2007 and those still using it will be left to scour public forums and blogs when they need to fix the outdated software.
Although the end of service date isn’t until 2017, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about upgrading programs before being left stranded without Exchange 2007 support.
Are there other options?
- Office 365
- Exchange 2010
- Exchange 2013
All of these programs provide you with the tools you used in Exchange 2007. While upgrading isn’t always the most enjoyable process, moving to a more modern program opens up communication, and improves your messaging infrastructure and productivity.