Plan the next 9 years of your life: EOL dates for all your favorite MS, Citrix, and VMware products!

Knowing the End of Life dates for the products you use can help determine when to tackle certain projects.

I recently saw an article about how Windows Vista was going to reach its End of Life next April, which led me to look into the EOL dates for other products that we deal with on a daily basis. While I know you can go get this information on your own, I decided to collect what I found and post it here. EOL dates aren’t something everyone pays attention to, and they have a habit of sneaking up on us. After all, two years ago when we were fighting to get off of Windows XP (April 8, 2014 will be stuck in my brain forever!), we looked at the expiration date of Windows 7 (January 14, 2020) and thought “That’s an eternity!” Now it’s less than four years away, which means we’re two years away from hardcore planning to migrate.

So with that in mind, let this serve as a Public Service Announcement for product lifecycles that we care about. Each company calls their End Of Life something else, it seems, so the date you see here is the date that the product will cease to be supported in any “free” way (but I’m sure if you’re willing to pay you can get bespoke support forever). Of course, any of this can change, so this article itself has an End of Life date of April 13, 2016.

This isn't really intended to be comprehensive, and other vendor timelines are harder to find, so if you have your own timeline to share please leave them in the comments.

Microsoft

By far the most important day for us in the Microsoft section is January 14, 2020, which will see the end of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. January 10, 2023 is a close second, but since Windows 8 isn't as pervasive as Windows 7, it's not as big of a deal across the enterprise. If there's something not on this list, you can look it up here.

Date Product
4/11/17 Windows Vista
7/11/17 SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.1 for Desktops
SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.2 for Desktops
  SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.1 for Terminal Services
1/8/19 App-V 4.5
4/9/19 System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (All versions)
7/9/19 SCCM 2007 (All versions)
1/14/20 Windows Server 2008
  Windows Server 2008 R2
  Windows 7 (All versions)
  App-V 4.6
7/12/22 System Center 2012
1/10/23 Windows 8 (All versions, including Windows 8.1)
  App-V 5.0
10/14/25 Windows 10 Enterprise (All versions released in 2015, including LTSB)

Citrix

There's a lot to take in here because there are so many products and versions that are still supported. Products with an asterisk (*) are being discontinued altogether. I didn't include NetScaler because I think I'd run out of room listing out model numbers, but you can check the page directly if you want to know EOL info for them. June 30, 2018 is a red letter day since anything released prior to XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 LTS reaches its end (with VDA support continuing for some time thereafter).

It's important to note that there are four EOLs this year, as well.

Date Product
8/24/16 XenApp 6 & XenApp 6.5 (VDA support through 1/14/2020)
9/26/16 XenServer 6.0.0
9/30/16 XenServer 6.1
12/12/16 XenClient Enterprise 5.x*
6/30/17 XenMobile 9
10/27/17 Desktop Player for Mac (Version 1.x)
10/31/17 VDI-in-a-Box*
6/26/18 XenServer 6.2
  XenServer 6.5
6/30/18 EdgeSight 5.4 for XenApp (8/24/16 if you don't have SA)
  Provisioning Services 7.x
  Single Sign-on (all versions) (8/24/16 if you don't have SA)
  XenApp Fundamentals for Windows Server 2008R2
  XenDesktop 7.x for Windows Server 2012 R2 (All editions) (VDA support through 1/10/23)
  XenDesktop 7.x for Windows Server 2008 R2 (All editions) (VDA support through 1/14/20)
  XenApp for Windows Server 2012 R2 (VDA support through 1/10/23)
  XenApp 7.x for Windows 2008 R2 (VDA support through 1/14/2020)
9/28/18 Desktop Player for Windows & Mac (Version 2.x)
1/14/20 VDA support for XenDesktop 5.x ends
1/11/21 XenApp 7.6 LTS for Windows Server 2008 R2 (strange that this is beyond the EOL for Server 2008 R2)
  XenDesktop 7.6 LTS (VDA support through 1/11/26)
9/20/21 Access Gateway model 5500 (End of Sale will be 9/30/16)

VMware

I thought Citrix had a lot to keep track of, but it turns out VMware leads the pack in terms of dates to watch. VMware handles things a little differently by ending support for products before they enter a phase of "Technical Guidance." During Technical Guidance (which I only noted when a product had already reached end of support), no telephone support, updates, or patches are provided. Because of this, I treated the End of General Support phase as the End of Life for a specific product version. You can see more information in VMware's Product Lifecycle PDF.

Date Product
6/6/15 ThinApp 4.7
5/21/16 ESX 4.x (already not supported, but reaches end of Technical Guidance Phase)
  ESXi 4.x (already not supported, but reaches end of Technical Guidance Phase)
6/2/16 Horizon FLEX Policy Server 1.x
  Player Pro 7.x
  Workstation 11.x
6/19/16 Workspace Portal 2.0
8/24/16 ESXi 5.0 & 5.1 
  vCenter 5.0 and 5.1
9/1/16 Horizon DaaS Bundle and Horizon DaaS On Prem, version 6.0
9/14/16 Horizon View 5.x
12/9/16 AppVolumes 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
  vRealize Operations 6.0 (6.1 supported longer, but there are so many dates you should just check yourself)
2/25/17 Fusion 8.x
  Workstation Player 12.x
  Workstation 12.x Pro
3/18/17 Horizon DaaS Bundle and Horizon DaaS On Prem, version 6.1
4/21/17 User Environment Manager 8.6
6/23/17 AppVolumes 2.9
9/1/17 Mirage 3.6 and up
10/31/17 ThinApp 5.x
11/6/17 Horizon Mobile (already not supported, but reaches end of Technical Guidance Phase)
11/24/17 AppVolumes 2.10
3/4/18 Mirage 4.x
3/17/18 User Environment Manager 9.0
3/22/18 AppVolumes 3.0
9/9/18 vCenter 5.5
9/19/18 ESXi 5.5
6/9/19 Horizon 6 for Linux 6.1.1
6/19/19 Horizon View 6.x
6/24/19 Mirage 5.x
9/9/19 Workspace Portal 2.1
  Identity Manager Standard Edition 2.4
3/12/20 ESXi 6.0
  vCenter 6.0
3/22/21 Horizon View 7.x

Complete Timeline

Since I had the sortable data, I figured I'd put it all into one list. Remember, if you're reading this in 2017, something has almost certainly changed!

Date Company Product
6/6/15 VMware ThinApp 4.7
5/21/16 VMware ESX 4.x (already not supported, but reaches end of Technical Guidance Phase)
  VMware ESXi 4.x (already not supported, but reaches end of Technical Guidance Phase)
6/2/16 VMware Horizon FLEX Policy Server 1.x
  VMware Player Pro 7.x
  VMware Workstation 11.x
6/19/16 VMware Workspace Portal 2.0
8/24/16 VMware ESXi 5.0 & 5.1 
  VMware vCenter 5.0 and 5.1
  Citrix XenApp 6 & XenApp 6.5 (VDA support through 1/14/2020)
9/1/16 VMware Horizon DaaS Bundle and Horizon DaaS On Prem, version 6.0
9/14/16 VMware Horizon View 5.x
9/26/16 Citrix XenServer 6.0.0
9/30/16 Citrix XenServer 6.1
12/9/16 VMware AppVolumes 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
  VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 (6.1 supported longer, but there are so many dates you should just check yourself)
12/12/16 Citrix XenClient Enterprise 5.x*
2/25/17 VMware Fusion 8.x
  VMware Workstation Player 12.x
  VMware Workstation 12.x Pro
3/18/17 VMware Horizon DaaS Bundle and Horizon DaaS On Prem, version 6.1
4/11/17 MS Windows Vista
4/21/17 VMware User Environment Manager 8.6
6/23/17 VMware AppVolumes 2.9
6/30/17 Citrix XenMobile 9
7/11/17 MS SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.1 for Desktops
  MS SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.2 for Desktops
  MS SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.1 for Terminal Services
9/1/17 VMware Mirage 3.6 and up
10/27/17 Citrix Desktop Player for Mac (Version 1.x)
10/31/17 VMware ThinApp 5.x
  Citrix VDI-in-a-Box*
11/6/17 VMware Horizon Mobile (already not supported, but reaches end of Technical Guidance Phase)
11/24/17 VMware AppVolumes 2.10
3/4/18 VMware Mirage 4.x
3/17/18 VMware User Environment Manager 9.0
3/22/18 VMware AppVolumes 3.0
6/26/18 Citrix XenServer 6.5
6/30/18 Citrix EdgeSight 5.4 for XenApp (8/24/16 if you don't have SA)
  Citrix Provisioning Services 7.x
  Citrix Single Sign-on (all versions) (8/24/16 if you don't have SA)
  Citrix XenApp Fundamentals for Windows Server 2008R2
  Citrix XenDesktop 7.x for Windows Server 2012 R2 (All editions) (VDA support through 1/10/23)
  Citrix XenDesktop 7.x for Windows Server 2008 R2 (All editions) (VDA support through 1/14/20)
  Citrix XenApp for Windows Server 2012 R2 (VDA support through 1/10/23)
  Citrix XenApp 7.x for Windows 2008 R2 (VDA support through 1/14/2020)
9/9/18 VMware vCenter 5.5
9/19/18 VMware ESXi 5.5
9/28/18 Citrix Desktop Player for Windows & Mac (Version 2.x)
1/8/19 MS App-V 4.5
4/9/19 MS System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (All versions)
6/9/19 VMware Horizon 6 for Linux 6.1.1
6/19/19 VMware Horizon View 6.x
6/24/19 VMware Mirage 5.x
7/9/19 MS SCCM 2007 (All versions)
9/9/19 VMware Workspace Portal 2.1
  VMware Identity Manager Standard Edition 2.4
1/14/20 MS Windows Server 2008
  MS Windows Server 2008 R2
  MS Windows 7 (All versions)
  Citrix VDA support for XenDesktop 5.x ends
3/12/20 VMware ESXi 6.0
  VMware vCenter 6.0
7/14/20 MS App-V 4.6
1/11/21 Citrix XenApp 7.6 LTS for Windows Server 2008 R2 (strange that this is beyond the EOL for Server 2008 R2)
  Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 LTS (VDA support through 1/11/26)
3/22/21 VMware Horizon View 7.x
9/20/21 Citrix Access Gateway model 5500 (End of Sale will be 9/30/16)
7/12/22 MS System Center 2012
1/10/23 MS Windows 8 (All versions, including Windows 8.1)
  MS App-V 5.0
10/14/25 MS Windows 10 Enterprise (All versions released in 2015, including LTSB)

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If I'll still be using a PC with Windows at 2025 I'll be very disappointed!


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Might be good to include some info on StoreFront and the HDX Realtime Optimization pack as well, since their policies are a bit different:


support.citrix.com/.../CTX200356


support.citrix.com/.../CTX200466


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