Microsoft End of Support for 2018

There are numerous products that Microsoft will no longer support starting in 2018. For the products and service packs that ended support in 2017, visit Total HIPAA’s Microsoft End of Support for 2017. If you are still using any of these products, what does this mean to you? For starters, Microsoft will not be releasing any new security updates, non-security updates, or online technical content updates for these products. This also means all free or paid assisted support options for these products will be ending.

Under the HIPAA Security Rule, 45 C.F.R. § 164.308 (a)(5)(ii)(B), organizations must implement procedures for detecting, guarding against, and reporting malicious software. If you’re using software that is no longer supported by Microsoft, you are not HIPAA compliant.

Part of a comprehensive HIPAA Security Plan is to regularly check and perform updates on your software. When thinking of HIPAA compliance, security updates for your software and devices are key to keeping all of the electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) you control safe.

Here is a more comprehensive list of Microsoft Products and Service Packs whose support has or will end this year. Consult with your IT professional if you have any questions, and especially before you make any major system upgrades.

Microsoft Products and Service Packs moving to End of Support:

January 9, 2018

  • Microsoft Dynamics C5 2014
  • Microsoft Expression Encoder
  • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, all editions
  • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, all editions
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Phone Edition
  • Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft PlayReady Server Software Development Kit v. 2.0
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
  • Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011
  • Windows Embedded Device Manager Software Development Kit
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, released in November 2015
  • Windows 10 Mobile, released in November 2015

March 31, 2018

  • Microsoft Azure Mobile Engagement

April 1, 2018

  • FAST Unity 2.5

April 10, 2018

  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, all editions
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008, all editions
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Office Accounting 2008, all editions
  • Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0

April 23, 2018

  • FAST Featured Content 1.3
  • FAST Recommendations 2.2

May 9, 2018

  • FAST ESP 5.2

May 15, 2018

  • Parature, from Microsoft
  • Microsoft Dynamics Marketing

July 1, 2018

  • FAST ImPulse 5.0

July 10, 2018

  • Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008
  • Microsoft Search Server 2008, all editions
  • StorSimple 5000/7000 Series
  • Windows Web Server 2008

July 16, 2018

  • FAST ESP 5.3

October 8, 2018

  • FAST Recommendations 2.5

October 9, 2018

  • Lync for Mac 2011
  • Lync Meeting room
  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
  • Microsoft Expression Blend 2
  • Microsoft Expression Design 2
  • Microsoft Expression Encoder 2
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 2
  • Microsoft Expression Web 2
  • Adxstudio Portals v7

November 2, 2018

  • FAST AdMomentum 3

November 12, 2018

  • Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition

December 18, 2018

  • FAST ImPulse 5.1

 

Customers should migrate to the next available Service Pack in order to continue security updates and to be eligible for other support options.

Windows XP

Is your computer still running on Windows XP operating system? Windows XP is one of the most vulnerable operating systems still in use. With the volume of malware presently filling the interwebs, you need to end the use of Window XP–NOW! The Death of Windows XP was published by Total HIPAA back in February 2014, and it still is relevant as we move into 2017. Since ending support on April 8, 2014, Windows XP usage continues at 7.70% globally according to Net Market Share as of December 2017.2

 

  1. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4001737/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2017
  2. https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx