Software lifecycle policy and on-premises releases

This topic outlines the lifecycle and support policies for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (on-premises) releases.

Modern Lifecycle Policy

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (on-premises) software is covered by the Modern Lifecycle Policy. The Modern Lifecycle Policy covers products and services that are serviced and supported continuously. For more information about this policy, see Modern Lifecycle Policy.

Licensed customers must stay current with updates to the Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations on-premises software in accordance with the following servicing and system requirements. This policy requires that the customer maintain Software Assurance (SA) or the Enhancement Plan, and that it deploy updates as noted later in this topic. Customers who want to use the Fixed Support Lifecycle Policy (5+5) must downgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3. If a customer lapses on SA or the Enhancement Plan, it will be eligible only for the perpetual license rights to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and must uninstall Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (on-premises) software.

On-premises software update policies

The customer is in full control of its on-premises deployments and must follow this policy. The customer is in control of installing updates in its on-premises environments. Microsoft will support the Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (on-premises) software through December 31, 2027, at a minimum, but only if the customer keeps the deployed software current according to this policy.

Critical fixes and non-critical updates are handled in the following way:

  • Critical fixes – Critical fixes include security fixes and any fixes that are required to support reliability and availability. Critical fixes will be made available in the latest platform update version.
  • Non-critical updates – Customers must update to the most current Finance and Operations platform and financial reporter version to deploy non-critical updates.

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations on-premises release dates

Application and Platform releases expire at the end of the month of their software lifecycle.

Application releases

Release Version Build number Availability Expiration date Product life
Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (on-premises) 8.1 8.1.136 November 2018 April 2019 December 2027
Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition (on-premises) 7.3 7.3.11971 March 2018 April 2020* December 2027
Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition (on-premises) July 2017 7.2.11792 June 2017 April 2019 December 2027

* All customers must be on the latest version of Finance and Operations by April 30, 2019. However, we are making an exception for customers who have unfulfilled extension requests that have been submitted to Microsoft. Those customers can be on version 7.3 until April 2020. For more information, see One Version service updates FAQ.

Platform releases

Release Build number Availability Expiration End of life
Platform update 20 7.0.5030.XXXX November 2018 February 2019 December 2027
Platform update 15 7.0.4841.XXXX June 2018 September 2018 December 2027
Platform Update 12 7.0.4709.41182 March 2018 June 2018 December 2027
Platform Update 11 7.0.4679.35176 October 2017 April 2018 December 2027
Platform Update 10 7.0.4641.16233 August 2017 April 2018 December 2027
Platform Update 9 7.0.4612.35162 August 2017 April 2018 December 2027
Platform Update 8 7.0.4565.1612 July 2017 April 2018 December 2027

Note

Platform releases are cumulative in nature. Any fixes, critical or non-critical, will require customers to take the latest available version of the platform.

Downloadable virtual hard drive (VHD) releases

Use of the VHDs is subject to the Software license terms.

Release VHD name VHD expiration date
Platform update 12 / Application release 7.2 FinandOps7.2PlatUpdate12.vhd May 24, 2018
Platform update 12 / Application release 7.3 FinandOps7.3PlatUpdate12.vhd June 05, 2018
Platform update 15 / Application release 7.3 FinandOps7.3withPlatUpdate15 December 08, 2018