End of Extended Support for Office Communicator and Office Communications Server
As shown below, several Office Communicator and Office Communications Server products will reach the end of extended support during within the next two years.
|Product||Mainstream Support End Date||Extended Support End Date|
|Office Communicator Mobile||10/11/2011||10/11/2016|
|Office Communicator Phone Edition||4/10/2012||4/11/2017|
|Office Communicator 2007 R2 Phone Edition||1/8/2013||1/9/2018|
|Office Communicator 2007 and R2||1/8/2013||1/9/2018|
|Office Communications Server 2007 and R2||1/8/2013||1/9/2018|
Additional information on Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle, including support dates by product, may be found at https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.
Recommended Steps for Customers Using these Products
Microsoft recommends that customers migrate to current product versions prior to the support end dates. This enables customers to take advantage of the latest product innovations and ensure uninterrupted support from Microsoft.
There are two potential migration paths for customers using the Office Communicator and Office Communications Server product families:
- Migrate to Skype for Business Online and Office 365. This requires de-commissioning the existing system, enabling the users in Office 365, and having each user re-create their contact lists and re-curring meetings.
- Upgrade the on-premises Office Communications Server to Skype for Business Server 2015. This can be accomplished using published server migration guidance, and will likely require an upgrade of server hardware to meet the minimum requirements of Skype for Business Server 2015.
We encourage customers to assess the Office 365 option with the help of their Microsoft account team and qualified Microsoft partner. Customers who choose Office 365 have rapid access to our latest innovations, including the voice and meetings enhancements released late last year, and can take advantage of Microsoft FastTrack to help plan and execute their Office 365 deployment.