Windows 11 21H2 and Windows Server 2012 reach end of support

Windows 11 21H2 and Windows Server 2012 reach end of support

October 11, 2023 at 11:32AM

Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 11, version 21H2. This means that these operating systems will no longer receive security updates, bug fixes, or technical support. Microsoft advises users to upgrade to newer versions or obtain Extended Security Updates (ESUs) to continue receiving essential updates. Additionally, systems running Windows 11 21H2 will be automatically updated to Windows 11 22H2. The next major release, Windows 11 23H2, is currently being tested before its public release. Microsoft has also introduced new features in Windows 11 22H2, including Microsoft Copilot and improved tools.

Based on the meeting notes, here are the key takeaways:

1. Windows Server 2012 and multiple editions of Windows 11 (version 21H2) have reached the end of support, and Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance or bug fixes for these operating systems.

2. Microsoft extended the end date for extended support of Windows Server 2012 to provide customers with additional time to transition to newer, supported versions.

3. Administrators who want to continue receiving bug fixes and security updates for Windows Server 2012 can upgrade to Windows Server 2022 or get Extended Security Updates (ESUs).

4. Windows 11 21H2 systems will be automatically updated to Windows 11 22H2 before reaching the end of service, and users can choose a suitable time for their devices to complete the update installation process.

5. The next major release, Windows 11 23H2 (Windows 11 2023 Update), is currently being tested by Insiders in the Release Preview Channel and will be released later this year.

6. Microsoft recently released the Windows 11 22H2 ‘Moment 4’ update, which includes over 150 new features, such as Microsoft Copilot and AI-powered versions of Paint, Snipping tool, and ClipChamp.

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