In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Microsoft have decided to revise support for SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies. Initially, extended support was due to end in October this year. This has now been pushed back to April 13th, 2021. Mainstream support ended five years ago.
Extended Support will continue for the following products:
- SharePoint Foundation 2010
- SharePoint Server 2010
- Project Server 2010
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.
Your installation of SharePoint Server 2010 will of course continue to run after April 13; however, due to potential end of support risks, it’s strongly recommended that you migrate from SharePoint Server 2010 as soon as possible.
So what can you do?
Your options depend on your SharePoint strategy. If it’s being utilised as an important tool for business (reporting, workflow, records/doc management, CMS, intranet, collaboration, project management, etc.) then you should be considering upgrade (and there are several options).
If you aren’t using SharePoint as part of your business operations then….why not? It’s a really flexible, functionally rich business platform!
The upgrade path…
Upgrading to a newer platform will enable new support (for your updated platform). There are several paths that can be taken to achieve this.
Migrate to Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together the best tools for the way people work today. By combining best-in-class apps with powerful cloud services, Microsoft 365 lets anyone create and collaborate anywhere on any device.
As part of Microsoft 365, SharePoint Online is Microsoft’s cloud-based SharePoint offering. It provides users with the latest SharePoint version.
The good news with this option? As the platform is managed by Microsoft you no longer need to budget, plan, implement or worry about upgrading SharePoint. You’ll always have the latest and greatest features as Microsoft releases them.
Upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019
If you need SharePoint Server to remain on-premises for the foreseeable future, you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019 to modernise your infrastructure and take advantage of the latest in content collaboration and portal technologies.
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.
With all this in mind, you should remember that your technology is there to enable, not disable. SharePoint has come a long way (and it’ll go further). Planning and governance is key. As experts in the SharePoint arena we’ve come across a myriad of ways in which the platform has been used. We use that experience to advise and guide our customers.
In conclusion, you get out of the upgrade business with Microsoft 365. 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.
We’d like to help you with your future SharePoint and Microsoft 365 plans – please don’t hesitate to call us for guidance.
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.