In recent years, business organisations have tilted towards cloud platforms significantly. With the integration of multiple services, Cloud platforms offer more incredible benefits than standard on-premises software or platform. Also, cloud applications are cost-effective for organisations. That is why they have become more popular compared to their on-premises counterparts. The same is true with SharePoint Online.
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SharePoint is a standalone application in various versions and is a key member of Microsoft 365 enterprise plans. Experts advise business owners to adopt Microsoft 365 rather than upgrading to newer versions of the same applications. Using SharePoint Server 2013, its support will end on April 11, 2023. After that, you can either upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016 or Migrate SharePoint Server 2013 to SharePoint Online.
What does ‘End of Support’ mean?
Microsoft’s products have a fixed lifecycle in which they will get constant updates routinely, bugs fixed, new features added, and security features enhanced; customers get 24*7 technical support. After the end of support, the software does not stop working, but there is no technical support or new updates.
There are the following issues that SharePoint Server 2013 will face after April 11, 2023.
- No time zone updates.
- Without technical assistance from Microsoft, many problems will not be rectified.
- Without bug fixing, the robustness or availability of the server will be affected.
- Without security updates, the server will become vulnerable to malware, spyware, or ransomware attacks.
What is ahead?
You should regularly check your Microsoft products’ lifecycle site and plan your upgrades or migrations in advance. It is better to migrate to SharePoint Online before the support ends rather than waiting for some issues with an outdated SharePoint Server. Here are the best destinations for your SharePoint 2013 data.
End of Support Product
SharePoint Server 2013
Upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016 or 2019
Upgrade to SharePoint Server Subscription Edition
Migrate to SharePoint in Microsoft 365
Microsoft has termed Microsoft 365 as the best option for SharePoint Server 2013. It provides a modern platform that offers security, intelligence, and association with other Microsoft applications like Office Suites, Exchange Server, OneDrive, Teams, etc.
Plan to Migrate SharePoint Online
SharePoint Online is available in Microsoft 365 plan. Once you subscribe to it, you can directly migrate data into any site, list, or library. Reach out to the Biz Apps Team for help with migrating selected sites to SharePoint Sites.
Why should you migrate SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint Online?
You will find several benefits to your business after adopting SharePoint Online.
- It provides the latest version of the platform, so there is no requirement for regular updates.
- The dependency on physical infrastructure is lessened with Microsoft 365.
- The administrator is not responsible for security updates or bug fixing.
- There is no ‘End of Support’ with SharePoint Online.
It is recommended to migrate your SharePoint Server 2013 to SharePoint Online before its support ends. Many people who are still on SharePoint 2010 can also migrate to SharePoint Online with the same method. If there are too many sites in your on-premises SharePoint or if the sites’ size is large, reach out to our Business Appliations Team to discuss a professional migrator tool that can migrate an unlimited number of sites, site collections, versions, workflow, metadata, list/libraries, etc., between two SharePoint accounts.
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