Microsoft has extended the life of Windows Server 2012, publishing new end-of-support dates.
Microsoft reformed the end dates for both its “mainstream support” and “extended support” cycles for Windows Server 2012 (Microsoft’s lifecycle support policy has two five-year phases for Windows products). The prolonged support date is a key one to note in Microsoft’s policy because it will stop delivering security patches after the date given, considering the product that is to be “unsupported.” A server then could become a potential security risk for organizations if it is not upgraded or replaced.
The new end-of-extended support date for Windows Server 2012 is extended up to Oct. 10, 2023, according to it’s newly updated product lifecycle page. The original date had been given as Jan. 10, 2023.
In essence, Microsoft has just extended the life of Windows Server 2012 almost about nine months.
The policy change had announced at the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy portal in this article, which stands at a date of March 14, 2017. The announcement had suggested at the release date of Windows Server 2016 had required to the support lifecycle of Windows Server 2012 to be extended.
It does not seem to make sense that successively released product would affect the product lifecycle support of an earlier product, but it does, per it’s support policy. This concept is summerised up in the announcement’s second paragraph:
The Lifecycle Policy for Windows Server 2012 states that Mainstream Support would be provided for five years, or for two years after the successor product (N+1, where N=product version) is released, whichever is longer. Microsoft will also provide now Extended Support for the five years following Mainstream Support or for two years after the second successor product (N+2) is released, whichever is longer.
Microsoft’s first successor product to the Windows Server 2012 was Windows Server 2012 R2, that had released on Oct. 18, 2013. The second successor product was Windows Server 2016, released on Oct. 12, 2016.