- October 11, 2022: Migrated from the What’s New directory and moved to the Bitsight Data directory; Cleared past events.
- July 9, 2020: Clarification on the differences between “extended support” and “extended security updates (ESU).”
- June 8, 2020: Published.
Microsoft products have a general support life cycle (often 10 years). The life cycle is cut into two periods – the first half with “mainstream support,” followed by the second half of “extended support.”
- Within mainstream support, design changes are released and warranty claims with any bugs are provided security updates.
- The extended support period provides bug fixes and patches, no new features are added, and complimentary support ends.
- After the extended support period, Microsoft also offers “extended security update” (ESU) programs for certain versions.
These programs only include critical and important security updates since it is the last resort option for customers who need to run certain legacy Microsoft products past the end of support.
Microsoft is the first product with ESU to be considered within the Bitsight platform.
We recommend updating to the latest available version (Windows 10).
Windows ESU Schedules
|FAIR ➔ BAD||Windows 7 is evaluated as BAD.||10-JAN-2023|
Windows Extended Support Schedules
|GOOD ➔ FAIR||Windows 8 is evaluated as FAIR.||10-OCT-2023|
|FAIR ➔ WARN||Windows 8 is evaluated as WARN.||07-NOV-2023|
|WARN ➔ BAD||Windows 8 is evaluated as BAD.||10-OCT-2024|
|GOOD ➔ FAIR||Windows 8.1 is evaluated as FAIR.||10-JAN-2023|
|FAIR ➔ WARN||Windows 8.1 is evaluated as WARN.||07-FEB-2023|
|WARN ➔ BAD||Windows 8.1 is evaluated as BAD.||10-JAN-2024|
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