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Over the years, SharePoint On-Premises has given organizations complete control over the data saved on their local Servers. However, change is inevitable, and technology is constantly advancing, and you need to adapt to it. If your organization is still using SharePoint 2013, 2016, or 2019, then the time to shift to another platform is closer than expected.
Microsoft has officially announced End-of-Life for SharePoint 2013, 2016, and 2019; their lifecycle is limited now.
Before deciding to upgrade or migrate the content, you must clearly understand all the important dates and other information. It would be best to be well-prepared for the End-of-Support technicalities of these Servers.
To clarify, ‘End of life’ does not mean the service stops working suddenly, and all your documents and other data will not immediately vanish. It simply means that Microsoft no longer supports the Servers from the specified date. It will stop providing the following services-
Note: There is no extension to the announced dates, and ensure you have the latest Service pack installed.
SharePoint 2019, 2016, and 2013 come under the Fixed Lifecycle Policy of Microsoft. It states that the products under this policy will receive a total of 10 years of support, including 5 years of Mainstream Support and 5 years of Extended Support.
|Mainstream Support||Extended Support|
|It is the first phase of the product lifecycle and includes support services like-
||This phase is after the Mainstream Support and includes support services like-
|Start date of End-of-Life||End date of Mainstream Support||End date of Extended Support||End of all Support|
|SharePoint 2013||9th January 2013||10th April 2018||11th April 2023||11th April 2023|
|SharePoint 2016||1st May 2016||13th July 2021||14th July 2026||14th July 2026|
|SharePoint 2019||22nd October 2018||9th January 2024||14th July 2026||14th July 2026|
The last day when Microsoft will stop all types of support for SharePoint 2013 is approaching soon. If you don’t upgrade the version, you are opening doors to various risks that include-
Before it’s too late, you must decide on the appropriate steps to save your data. These are some possible migration options after the end of Extended Support-
Migration from an On-Premise to a cloud platform is an intricate procedure. It requires proper planning; only then does it turn into fruitful results. To begin with, you need to have in-depth knowledge of your data. Manually, there is a learning curve required for a user to migrate to SharePoint Online using PowerShell. Only a seasoned Administrator can perform such migration without creating adverse effects. The software-based approach related to SharePoint Migration tool is beneficial. Additionally, have clarity on the migration tools which you will be using. These are some of the methods to migrate your data-
By July 2026, Microsoft will end supporting SharePoint Server 2013, 2016, and 2019. These Servers will no longer receive any technical support and updates. It will help if you note all the important dates related to it. The best decision is to opt for the advanced features of SharePoint Online, which offers many benefits. You can either use the SPMT tool, which is a manual approach. However, professional software is a wiser choice for a simpler and smoother migration.