Farewell to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (including all service packs) are being retired in 2020.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will reach the end of their lives in January 2020. After that, the operating systems will no longer be supported by Microsoft and will not receive even basic security updates or patches.

Burli will end its support for these operating systems at the same time that Microsoft does. That’s mainly because Microsoft tends to end backwards compatibility with it’s old systems. That means starting in 2020 Burli’s code will be able to reliably work on either Windows 10 or Windows 7 but not both.

Based on past experience with Vista, 2003 Server, and XP, compatibility quirks start showing up about 6 months after the end-of-life date.

The good news is that Burli works very well (no known issues) with all of the more recent Windows operating systems, including Windows 8.x, Windows 10, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, and Server 2019. Windows 10 and Server 2016 are now widely deployed, stable, and we actively recommend them. Windows 8.x (which almost no one uses) and Server 2012 R2 work well with Burli, but will reach their own end-of-life in 2022 so are probably not useful as upgrades for anyone not already using them.

Also note that support for Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 database ends even sooner, in July 2019.