Microsoft Online Services support lifecycle policy

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For Business and Developer Online Services

Online Services afford customers new ways of implementing change in their IT environments. These changes are frequently more rapid and require customers to be alert of forthcoming modifications to their cloud-based service.

Microsoft recognizes that Online Services are inherently more dynamic and, while providing businesses with increased agility, require Support Lifecycle policies to ensure service predictability. IT organizations familiar with the standard Microsoft Support Lifecycle policies for on-premises software will see that the online policies provide the consistent and predictable Support Lifecycle experience they have come to expect from Microsoft. 

For additional policy details for Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, please see Microsoft Azure Cloud Services FAQ.

Online Services Support Lifecycle Policy for Business and Developer

The Business and Developer policy for Online Services offers three key features:

Support Availability

  • Microsoft Support services will be available for the duration of the customer's agreement with Microsoft for the Online Service.

  • For all Microsoft Online Services for Businesses and Developers, unless otherwise noted, Microsoft will provide notification when customers are required to take action in order to avoid significant degradation to the normal use of the Online Service.
Service Continuity and Migration 

  • Microsoft will provide a minimum of 12 months' prior notification before ending an Online Service for Business and Developer customers without providing a successor service, excluding free services or preview releases. 

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.


Article ID: 17139 - Last Review: 29 Aug 2016 - Revision: 16