Microsoft Ends Support for SharePoint Server 2013 Today

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Microsoft is officially killing off its extended support for SharePoint Server 2013 today. It’s been a long time coming, but today marks the end of updates for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Microsoft initially released SharePoint Server 2013 back in January 2013. It’s a content management and collaboration platform that included various features and capabilities, including social networking. It also supported a powerful search experience, business intelligence, and automated business processes and workflows.

Microsoft ended mainstream support for SharePoint Server 2013 five years ago on April 10, 2018. Starting today, the company will no longer offer feature and security updates, bug fixes, and other technical support for SharePoint Server 2013.

Microsoft suggests upgrading to SharePoint 2019 or SharePoint Online

Microsoft recommends customers to migrate their content to SharePoint Server 2019 or SharePoint Server Subscription Edition in on-premises environments. The company plans to provide extended support for SharePoint 2019 until January 9, 2024.

Alternatively, Microsoft notes that organizations can also choose to switch to the cloud to leverage the new features of SharePoint Online. It should help to reduce the resources required to maintain the platform in on-premises environments.

What happens to organizations still using SharePoint Server 2013?

Microsoft has warned that customers who will continue to run SharePoint Server 2013 would be vulnerable to cyberattacks. They will need to deploy additional security solutions (such as advanced firewalls and intrusion detection systems) to protect their unsupported environments. Microsoft noted that organizations running SharePoint Server 2013 will also inevitably be at a higher risk of workflow disruption or downtime.