Microsoft 365 will completely stop supporting Windows 7/8.1/2008 R2 from January 10, 2023

Under normal circumstances, Microsoft provides regular updates to Microsoft 365, in fact, as long as the updates are maintained, it will always be supported, but there are some exceptions. That is Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2, these outdated systems will no longer receive Microsoft 365 support from Microsoft.

Microsoft 365 Windows 7

As for why it is January 10, 2023, because Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have long stopped support, but Microsoft still provides ESU extended support to paid enterprise customers, and extended support ends on this date. It doesn’t make much sense for Microsoft to continue to provide Microsoft 365 support after the operating system has completely stopped supporting. After all, Microsoft was mainly thinking about enterprise customers before.

Microsoft writes: “Even though Windows 7 is no longer supported, we’ve decided to continue to provide you with security updates for Microsoft 365 Apps for the next three years, until January 2023. We’re doing this to give you more time to make the transition from using Microsoft 365 Apps on devices running Windows 7 to devices running a supported operating system, such as Windows 11 or Windows 10. But, during that time, as long as the device is still running Windows 7, your installation of Microsoft 365 Apps won’t receive any new features updates.”

Currently supported operating systems are minimum Windows 10 LTSB 2015 Enterprise or Windows 10 20H2 Consumer/Enterprise and Windows Server 2016.