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In response to the COVID-19 crisis and an increase in customer requests, Microsoft has decided to revise support for SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies.
Microsoft’s top priority is the health and safety of their employees, customers, partners, and communities. They know that some of us are in the process of upgrading to a newer version of SharePoint Server on-premises, or to the cloud with SharePoint in Microsoft 365. They recognize that discontinuing support for a product can be a big adjustment.
Microsoft will now be providing Extended Support for the (following products below) until April 13, 2021, extending the original end of support date of October 13, 2020.
- SharePoint Foundation 2010
- SharePoint Server 2010
- Project Server 2010
This includes extended support provided by the Microsoft Customer Support Service (CSS) and monthly security updates.
Microsoft previously notified customers via the Microsoft Lifecycle website and the SharePoint Community blog that the end of support was approaching. They will be updating these articles with details about the support extension and upgrade and migration options.
Your installation of SharePoint Server 2010 will of course continue to run after April 13; however, due to potential end of support risks, they strongly recommend that you migrate from SharePoint Server 2010 as soon as possible.
After the extended support period (April 13, 2021), Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for problems that may occur including bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server, security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches, and time zone updates. Monthly SharePoint Server updates, including SharePoint Server 2010 monthly updates, will continue during the new extension timeline.
If you are running SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you should consider options to obtain security updates for the underlying operating system. If required, it is possible to run SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft suggests migration off SharePoint Server 2010 rather than updating the base Windows Server component.
Here are a few options as we move forward.
Migrate SharePoint 2010 products to Microsoft 365
By combining best-in-class apps with powerful cloud services, Microsoft 365 lets anyone create and collaborate anywhere on any device. Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together the best tools for the way people work today.
You can use the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) to migrate from SharePoint Server 2010 to Microsoft 365. The SPMT supports migrations from SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010, and this scenario will continue to be supported beyond the SharePoint 2010 end of support date.
(The SPMT does not support migration of Project Server 2010 Project Web Access sites to SharePoint at work or school in Office 365.)
Upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019
You can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019 to modernize your infrastructure and take advantage of the latest in content collaboration and portal technologies, If you need SharePoint Server to remain on-premises for the foreseeable future.
Upgrading to the latest version of SharePoint Server on-premises is a multi-phased approach. You must first upgrade to SharePoint Server 2013 before you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016. For SharePoint Server 2019, you must first upgrade to SharePoint Server 2013 and then SharePoint Server 2016 before you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019.
Below are helpful resources for navigating the upgrade process:
Migrating from Project Server 2010
For Project Server 2010, you have two options:
Option 1: Upgrade to Project Server 2019 | If you need to remain on-premises, we suggest moving to Project Server 2019 to get the latest updates and performance enhancements. Upgrading is done in a phased approach, which is covered in the Project Server 2010 end of support roadmap.
Option 2: Migrate to Project Online in Microsoft 365 | Making the switch keeps your users current on the latest updates and features to work and collaborate on projects – no matter where they are located. Learn more about migrating to Project Online.
For customers who need to remain on-premises, we recommend upgrading to SharePoint Server 2019 to take advantage of the latest collaboration and productivity features. Microsoft recommend moving to SharePoint in Microsoft 365 to receive the benefits of enhanced security, increased productivity and advantageous TCO. With Microsoft 365, you get out of the upgrade business.
Q: Will Microsoft extend support for SharePoint 2010 beyond April 13, 2021?
A: Microsoft has no plans to extend support for SharePoint 2010 beyond April 13, 2021. This is a one-time extension due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Microsoft strongly recommends that customers complete their migrations and upgrades before end of support on April 13, 2021.
Q: Do I have to sign up for this support extension?
A: No, this support extension is automatically granted to all SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and Project Server 2010 customers.
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