Lifecycle FAQ - Dynamics

Originally published: July 18, 2016
Updated: March 2, 2021

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What is the Lifecycle Policy for Microsoft Dynamics 365 products and services?

Dynamics 365 products are governed by both the Fixed and Modern lifecycle policies. For details about specific products, search the product lifecycle site.

What is the Lifecycle for Dynamics AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2?

Dynamics AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 are governed by the Fixed Lifecycle Policy. Please note that the end of Extended Support* for Dynamics AX 2009 (Service Pack 1)/2012/2012 R2 is delayed from October 12, 2021 to April 12, 2022. No customer action is required for this extension. See the Lifecycle product search for the product Lifecycle end dates.

After the end of Extended Support, support will end and customers will be unable to log a support ticket, even with a support plan.

For customers needing additional time to migrate to the cloud, Extended Security Updates are available with the purchase of Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain, or Dynamics 365 Commerce, as part of the Dynamics 365 Cloud Migration offer. Go here to learn more.

*Technical support is not included in Extended Support. However, customers can use an active support contract such as Software Assurance, Dynamics Advantage Plan, or Unified Support for relevant on-premises product(s) to get technical support during the Extended Support phase. Go here to learn about what is included in Extended Support.

What happens when a platform update, such as a new version of Microsoft Windows, introduces new functionality or data types that were never supported in the original release of a currently supported product?

Microsoft cannot guarantee that a new feature that is introduced exclusively in the new version of the platform will be supported in the older version. For example, if a new version of Microsoft Windows is released, the earlier version of Dynamics CRM would not necessarily support installation on the new operating system.

What is the Service Pack Policy for Microsoft Dynamics products?

Microsoft Dynamics follows the Microsoft Lifecycle Service Pack Policy. Per the policy, Dynamics provides 24 months of support for a previous service pack after a new service pack is released. See the Fixed Policy page for more information about the policy and associated timelines.

What is self-help online support for Microsoft Dynamics?

Whether a customer is being supported during the Mainstream Support phase or the Extended Support phase, self-help online support is available throughout a product's lifecycle and for a minimum of 12 months after the product reaches the end of support. Microsoft online Knowledge Base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools, and other resources, are provided to help customers resolve common issues. Online self-help information is available through CustomerSource, our customer website for Microsoft Dynamics and related products. Customers must be current on a service plan to access the site.

Is enrollment in a service plan required for customers to have rights to product updates and service packs?

Yes, enrollment in an Enhancement Plan or Software Assurance is required for customers to receive non-security updates, tax and regulatory releases, and service packs.

I used to be on a service plan and now it has expired. Can I get product upgrades and non-security updates that were released when I was current on the Enhancement Plan?

No. Customers only have access to product updates, service packs, non-security updates, and tax and regulatory releases for their purchased product during the time of their Enhancement Plan enrollment. For customers on Software Assurance, they have access to the version or hotfix released while they were active on Software Assurance.

How does the Lifecycle Policy cover tax and regulatory updates?

While active on a service plan, you will have access to tax and regulatory releases for the Microsoft Dynamics products that Microsoft makes generally commercially available. Updates for Microsoft Dynamics products that are supported by Microsoft will be released generally each fiscal year or on an as-needed basis for software in the Mainstream Support phase of its lifecycle. Local laws, market conditions and technical support requirements differ around the world.

Is the first year of the Enhancement Plan or Software Assurance enrollment mandatory?

Yes. Microsoft requires enrollment in the Enhancement Plan or Software Assurance upon purchase of your license with a Microsoft Dynamics solution. Enrollment in the Advantage Plan is also required the first year for customers purchasing Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Microsoft Dynamics SL (only in regions where applicable).

How long is FRx 6.7 supported?

FRx support ends on the date indicated unless distributed as a component of a Dynamics product. When distributed as a component of the following products, the Dynamics ERP lifecycle dates override the FRx end of support date:

GP 2010
NAV 2009
AX 2009
SL 2011

Change Log

December 2020 edits
ADDED: Dynamics AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 supported answer

March 2021 edits
ADDED: Dynamics 365 ESU details