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What does End of Support mean?

13 May 2020

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Find out how Avnet’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) programme can offer you protection as Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 7 & Windows Embedded POSReady 7 go End of Support.

When Microsoft launches a new product, they always give an indication of how long that product will be available for support and to buy. At launch, Microsoft provides three key dates: end of mainstream support; end of extended support; and end of life (end of licence). For Embedded products, is that the lifespan is much longer than for mainstream, commercial and volume products, as seen in the chart above.

Currently, the following Embedded products have, or will soon reach End of Support:

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Microsoft Product Family Product End-of-Support Date
Windows 7 for Embedded Systems January 14, 2020
Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 for Embedded Systems January 14, 2020
Windows Embedded Standard 7 October 13, 2020
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 October 12, 2021

After the product exits mainstream support, it enters extended support. Issues related to functionality will no longer be considered, but Microsoft will address any new, security-related issue and release security updates. Ideally, you’d migrate to a more up to date version of Microsoft licencing, but sometimes that not always possible straight away, either because of your hardware, the business application also needs updating, or resources to handle device in the field or funding. If that’s the case for you, there is another option: Avnet Integrated offers the newly updated Extended Security Updates (ESU) programme.

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What is Avnet’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) programme?

In partnership with Microsoft, Avnet Integrated can offer customers the option to extend Microsoft product support, for up to a maximum of 3 years, beyond the official End of Support dates.

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The new Extended Security Updates (ESU) programme, which now has no minimum quantity, will ensure your embedded products continue to receive security updates and bulletins rated “critical” and “important” for an extended period of time, and hence extend the lifetime of your products. ESU is purchased annually, for a maximum of three years.

Additional ESU agreements with Microsoft are required. Avnet will support this process.


What does the ESU programme offer?

Microsoft strongly recommend that you migrate to a newer licence version as soon as possible, but Avnet Integrated’s ESU programme can also provide you and your customers with vital time to migrate to a newer product – for example Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Windows 10 IoT Core (replaces CE) or Windows Server for Embedded Systems 2012R2, 2016 or the latest Windows Server® IoT 2019.


If you’d like to know more about the Extended Security Updates (ESU) programme or how Avnet Migration Consultancy Support can support you from both from a hardware or software perspective, or how to speed up migration and deployment, then please contact your Avnet Integrated account manager.

Let’s talk – contact us:  avnet.com/integrated  /  integrated@avnet.com

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