Lifecycle FAQ—General Policy Content provided by Microsoft Applies to: Lifecycle Select Product Version All Products Back to the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy home page NOTE: This FAQ was updated on February 24, 2020 Show all What are the Microsoft Lifecycle policies? Are these policies applicable globally? Why were the Lifecycle policies defined? How were the Lifecycle policies developed? If I have multiple Microsoft products do they all share the same lifecycle timelines? What products are covered by the Lifecycle policies and when did they go into effect? What is the Lifecycle policy for program add-ons? What is the Lifecycle policy for tools? What is the Lifecycle policy for products or companies that Microsoft acquires? 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: Feb 24, 2020 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.