Modern Lifecycle Policy FAQ Content provided by Microsoft Select Product Version All Products Back to the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy home page NOTE: This FAQ was updated on February 1, 2018. Show all How is the Modern Lifecycle Policy defined? What is included in continuous servicing and support? What does it mean to “stay current”? Why did Microsoft introduce Fixed and Modern policies? Will the Lifecycle Policy for any already-released products change? I am familiar with traditional Microsoft Lifecycle policies such as Mainstream Support and Extended Support phases. In what ways is the Modern Lifecycle Policy similar or different? Do security updates follow the notification timeline of the Modern Lifecycle Policy? The information on this page is subject to the Microsoft Policy Disclaimer and Change Notice. Return to this site periodically to review any such changes. Last Updated: May 15, 2019 Was this information helpful? Yes No Tell us what we can do to improve the article Submit Thanks! Your feedback will help us improve the support experience.