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The End is not So Near: Grace Period for Exchange 2010 Support

Lars Zängerle - 02.10.2019


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The extended support phase for Microsoft Exchange 2010 does not end on January 14, as announced, but rather on October 13, 2020. Nevertheless, there is no time to waste. Companies still using Exchange 2010 should start preparing for migration well in advance to avoid coming under pressure. They have a choice between the cloud-based Exchange Online version (Office 365) and the local versions Exchange Server 2016 and 2019.

 

At Microsoft, it has been recognized that discontinuing support for a product as popular and reliable as Exchange Server 2010 could be a challenge for many users. Microsoft also knows that most of the companies affected are already moving to a newer supported Exchange version. To give Exchange Server 2010 customers more time to complete their migration, support is therefore being extended until October 13, 2020.

 

Continuing to operate Exchange 2010 will pose risks.

After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide support in the event of technical problems. Security patches for vulnerabilities will also no longer be transmitted, and regular security updates will be a thing of the past. The risk for affected companies will therefore increase sharply. Incidentally, Exchange 2010 is not the only Microsoft product that will no longer be supported from 13 October next year: The same date applies to Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010, but the end of support for Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, and Windows Small Business Server 2008 has not been postponed. January 14 will continue to be the cut-off date here, and these products should be replaced as soon as possible.

 
Cloud or not cloud - that is the question 
Exchange Server 2016 and 2019 (both supported until the end of 2025) and Exchange Online, the equivalent from the Microsoft cloud, differ only marginally in functional terms. Factors such as data storage and costs therefore influence the decision as to whether the Exchange Server should be deployed locally or migrated to the Office 365 cloud. Even if the trend clearly points towards the cloud, the answer to this question is not clear. Until recently, the initial situation with regard to data storage was clear: anyone who opted for Office 365 and Exchange Online in Switzerland had to accept that the data was stored on foreign servers. With the arrival of the Microsoft Datacenter in Switzerland, this barrier will also fall. Office 365 (unlike Azure) is not yet available in Switzerland. However, according to Microsoft's schedule, this can be expected between December 2019 and February 2020.
 

Microsoft Teams gains momentum

Another deciding factor recently gaining in importance is Microsoft Teams. The communication platform has met with great interest from many companies, but can only be deployed to a limited extent in combination with a local Exchange environment. If you are interested in Microsoft teams and want to use the full range of functions, a migration to Exchange Online (Office 365) should be given priority.
 

Support with your migration strategy
Haven't you decided yet whether you want to keep the Exchange Server running locally or in the cloud? What is your specific situation from a commercial point of view? How would a migration to Exchange Online proceed technically? UMB is not only regarded as a pioneer in the Office 365 sector, but also has excellent engineering expertise in the Exchange 2016 and 2019 area. We would be pleased to assist you competently and independently. Microsoft's support extension gives you more than a year to replace your Exchange 2010 environment. Make the most of the extra time - the clock is ticking.