Revised end of support date for SharePoint Server 2010: April 13, 2021

Published Apr 14 2020 08:00 AM 46.9K Views

Microsoft’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners, and communities. In response to the COVID-19 crisis and an increase in customer requests, we have decided to revise support for SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies. We recognize that discontinuing support for a product can be a big adjustment. We also know that some of you are in the process of upgrading to a newer version of SharePoint Server on-premises, or to the cloud with SharePoint in Microsoft 365.


We will now be providing Extended Support for the following products until April 13, 2021, extending the original end of support date of October 13, 2020 by six months:  


  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • Project Server 2010

This includes extended support provided by our Customer Support Service (CSS) and monthly security updates.


Note | Microsoft previously notified customers via the Microsoft Lifecycle website and the SharePoint Community blog that the end of support was approaching. We will be updating these articles with details about the support extension and your upgrade and migration options.


After the extended support period (April 13, 2021), Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for problems that may occur including bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server, security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches, and time zone updates. Your installation of SharePoint Server 2010 will of course continue to run after April 13; however, due to potential end of support risks, we strongly recommend that you migrate from SharePoint Server 2010 as soon as possible. Monthly SharePoint Server updates, including SharePoint Server 2010 monthly updates, will continue during the new extension timeline.


Note | If you are running SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you should consider options to obtain security updates for the underlying operating system. If required, it is possible to run SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft suggests migration off SharePoint Server 2010 rather than updating the base Windows Server component.


Options to move forward
Migrate SharePoint 2010 products to Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together the best tools for the way people work today. By combining best-in-class apps with powerful cloud services, Microsoft 365 lets anyone create and collaborate anywhere on any device.


You can use the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) to migrate from SharePoint Server 2010 to Microsoft 365. The SPMT supports migrations from SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010, and this scenario will continue to be supported beyond the SharePoint 2010 end of support date.


Note | The SPMT does not support migration of Project Server 2010 Project Web Access sites to SharePoint at work or school in Office 365.


Upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019

If you need SharePoint Server to remain on-premises for the foreseeable future, you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019 to modernize your infrastructure and take advantage of the latest in content collaboration and portal technologies. Upgrading to the latest version of SharePoint Server on-premises is a multi-phased approach. You must first upgrade to SharePoint Server 2013 before you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016. For SharePoint Server 2019, you must first upgrade to SharePoint Server 2013 and then SharePoint Server 2016 before you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019. 


Below are helpful resources for navigating the upgrade process:


Migrating from Project Server 2010

For Project Server 2010, you have two options:

Option 1: Migrate to Project Online in Microsoft 365 | Making the switch keeps your users current on the latest updates and features to work and collaborate on projects - no matter where they are located. Learn more about migrating to Project Online.

Option 2: Upgrade to Project Server 2019 | If you need to remain on-premises, we suggest moving to Project Server 2019 to get the latest updates and performance enhancements. Upgrading is done in a phased approach, which is covered in the Project Server 2010 end of support roadmap.

If you need to work with a partner, please visit Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management Partners to find a partner in your country.


In summary

We recommend moving to SharePoint in Microsoft 365 to receive the benefits of enhanced security, increased productivity and advantageous TCO.  With Microsoft 365, you get out of the upgrade business. For customers who need to remain on-premises, we recommend upgrading to SharePoint Server 2019 to take advantage of the latest collaboration and productivity features.


Related information



Q: Will Microsoft extend support for SharePoint 2010 beyond April 13, 2021?

A: Microsoft has no plans to extend support for SharePoint 2010 beyond April 13, 2021. This is a one-time extension due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Microsoft strongly recommends that customers complete their migrations and upgrades before end of support on April 13, 2021.


Q: Do I have to sign up for this support extension?

A: No, this support extension is automatically granted to all SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and Project Server 2010 customers.


Thanks, Mark Kashman - senior product manager and Troy Starr - senior program manager


What about SharePoint Designer 2010?

Frequent Contributor

Interesting news, because earlier today I had a conversation with a customer running on SharePoint 2010 and planning their upgrade path.


Hi @Larry Kuhn, the end of support date for SharePoint Designer 2010 hasn't changed as a result of this announcement.  It will still reach end of support on October 13, 2020.

New Contributor

Excellent news! Hopefully we'll finish everything that's need doing for COVID-19 and move on to migrate to 365 soon...


Hi @bnerd - Thank you. And excellent news back to you - we hope it gives you the breathing room you need to get to M365; lots of great guides, tools and people to help along the way. - Mark

Regular Visitor

Does this include Search server 2010 with SP2 installed?

Occasional Visitor

@Troy Starr / @Mark Kashman Are there any options to extend SharePoint 2010 support through year end 2021, especially given what has transpired with COVID in 2020?  Is there a person with whom I can engage and discuss options? We are in process of migrating to another solution but it will take much longer than April 13, 2021.



@Bruce45, afraid not, the Microsoft Search Server 2010 products are not included in this support extension.


@jdepu, I'm afraid there are no plans to extend support for SharePoint 2010 products beyond the April 13, 2021 end of support date we previously announced.  Feel free to reach out to your Microsoft account manager to discuss options.

Regular Visitor

@Troy Starr  will april 2021 CU patch to SharePoint 2010 be the last?


Hi @Sterno, yes, the April 2021 Public Updates for SharePoint 2010 are the final patches we plan to release for SharePoint 2010 products.  Now that SharePoint 2010 products are no longer in support, we have no plans to release any further patches or security fixes.

Occasional Visitor

I have not upgraded and my documents are stuck in Sharepoint, is there anyway that I am able to get them out?


@Deanna1234, can you clarify what you mean by "stuck in Sharepoint?"  SharePoint 2010 continues to operate after supportability has ended so you can still download files through the usual interfaces while the farm is running (downloading files one at a time through a web browser, downloading multiple files and folders using Explorer View in Internet Explorer, exporting sites/libraries using the Export-SPWeb cmdlet, etc.).  But since SharePoint 2010 is no longer receiving security updates we recommend limiting connectivity to any SharePoint 2010 farm to reduce any potential security risks.


You can also attach your SharePoint 2010 content database to a SharePoint 2013 farm, which will upgrade those databases to be compatible with SharePoint 2013 and then make their content available on the SharePoint 2013 farm.

Occasional Visitor

I am using my parent's computer in another city and got my daughter to share 2 documents with me from my home computer.  I could open and edit them etc.  But today they will not open.  Have managed to sign into office 365 and can see my files, but they will not open.  This is the message I get: 

This site can’t be reached

Check if there is a typo in


  • If spelling is correct, try running Windows Network Diagnostics.

Hi @Deanna1234, sorry to hear about this. I also see that the DNS name you mentioned isn't resolving. Since this appears to be an issue with a SharePoint Online tenant rather than a SharePoint Server 2010 environment, I recommend opening a support ticket with the SharePoint Online support team so they can work with you to investigate.

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