End of Life for Exchange 2007 is near
In fact it is very very near. On April 11, 2017, Exchange Server 2007, or rather update roll-up 22 for Exchange 2007 SP3, the last version released by Microsoft will reach End of Life (All older versions of Exchange 2007 are already not supported). If you haven’t already begun your migration from Exchange 2007 then I would recommend you start planning to now.
End of life means that Microsoft will no longer provide the following for Exchange 2007:
- Free or paid assisted support (including custom support agreements)
- 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
- Time zone updates
Your installation of Exchange 2007 will continue to run after this date. However, because of the changes listed above, I highly recommend that you migrate from Exchange 2007 as soon as possible. I know a lot of you will think they can’t be many bugs left in the product and it is very stable but after that date it only takes one vulnerability to be found and it could cause a whole world of hurt.
When planning to update your Exchange 2007 environment I would suggest looking at Hosted Exchange or getting Office 365 through a CSP (Cloud Solution Provider). This is due to in part to Microsoft sounding like they want to come away from on-premises and also due to the extra level of support you can get by going to these Service providers. They also tend to have a wider range of products on their books that can add extra value to the business.
If you have an even older version of Exchange such as Exchange 2003, then other than the security risks that are extremely high, you are really missing out on the wonderful features newer versions of the product brought us. Exchange 2007 is classed as the first modern verion on Exchange and really was the birth of Office 365 and what they based a lot of there original setup of 365 on.
Please see the following links to see what your missing out on: