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Microsoft Vista Extended Support Ending

Blog, CS Professional Suite, Technology November 11, 2016

As you may know, Microsoft® ended it’s mainstream support of Windows® Vista in 2012. The final steps in the Vista lifecycle are now approaching and we want to make sure you’re ready. Windows Vista extended support will end on April 11, 2017.

What Does This Mean?

For any version of Windows (client or server), there’s an initial release date, an end of mainstream support date and an end of extended support date. The end of mainstream support indicates the end of feature and performance enhancement requests, but Microsoft still provides security updates for the system.

However, the end of extended support removes any onus on Microsoft to update for any reason, including critical security concerns.

When a client operating system comes to the end of extended support, firms should have already moved to a newer, supported environment–not just for efficiency, but for the security of your clients’ sensitive and valuable data.

As we’ve talked about in the past, Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015; however, extended support is available through January 2020, so you’re still secure at this time.

For Windows 8.1 users, you’ll continue to enjoy mainstream support through January 2018, and extended support through January 2023.

Next Steps

We’ll send out additional information in 2017 about timing and what the end of Windows Vista extended support means for you and your Thomson Reuters software.

In the meantime, you’ll want to verify that all of your Thomson Reuters software is supported before making any changes/decisions. Individual product-specific exceptions will be documented here: System Requirements. You should also work with your qualified technician to make sure you’re prepared.