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New extended support dates for MDOP tools
Published Sep 04 2019 11:54 AM 51.4K Views

To simplify planning for IT, we have standardized the support lifecycle for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and are announcing a single end of support date for all the tools in the MDOP portfolio*. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack is a suite of products that help to improve compatibility, simplify device management, reduce support costs, improve asset management, and improve policy control. Available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers, Windows Enterprise E3/E5 customers, and Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3/E5 customers. MDOP includes the following products:

Each product was created separately and later packaged as part of a single portfolio called the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. However, each tool continued to have its own development lifecycle and, as such, its own support lifecycle.

The table below shows the original mainstream end of support date, the original extended end of support date, and the new, standardized extended end of support date for each MDOP product. Note that we are only extending extended support – and not mainstream support – for the latest version of each tool. For example, support for DaRT 8.0 is not being extended; support for DaRT 10.0 is.


End of mainstream support

end of extended support

New end of extended support


April 10, 2018

Jan 12, 2021

April 14, 2026


  • Application Virtualization 5.0 for Remote Desktop Services Service Pack 3
  • Application Virtualization 5.0 for Windows Desktops Service Pack 3
  • Application Virtualization Hosting 5.0 for Windows Desktops Service Pack 3
  • Application Virtualization 5.1 for Remote Desktop Services
  • Application Virtualization 5.1 for Windows Desktops
  • Application Virtualization Hosting 5.1 for Windows Desktops

Jan 9, 2018

Jan 10, 2023

April 14, 2026

DaRT 10.0

April 13, 2021

April 14, 2026

April 14, 2026

MBAM 2.5 SP1

July 9, 2019

July 9, 2024

April 14, 2026

MED-V 2.0*

April 12, 2016

April 13, 2021

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UE-V 2.1 SP1

April 14, 2020

April 8, 2025

April 14, 2026

What is the difference between mainstream and extended support?

While a product is in mainstream support, we continue to develop features for the product, provide updates and fixes, and offer support. When a product enters into extended support, we continue to provide updates and fixes and offer support, but will not add any new features.

How does this affect your previous announcement about MBAM being added to System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune?

We are still on track to add feature parity from MBAM to Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager as noted in the May 2019 blog post, “Microsoft expands BitLocker management capabilities for the enterprise.” If you are using MBAM, but have not yet moved to the cloud, and are not using Configuration Manager, you can continue to use MBAM until April 14, 2026.

What does this mean for me?

If you are using any of the tools in the MDOP suite, we will continue to offer extended support for those products until April 14, 2026.*

Why did Microsoft choose April 14, 2026?

To make it easier for IT pros who use MDOP as a suite of tools, it made sense to standardize a single end of support date across all MDOP products. To ensure that we maintained the end of support promise we’d made to customers, we chose to align to the farthest date, April 14, 2026, which was originally just the end of support date for DaRT 10.0.

Learn more

For more information on MDOP, see the MDOP technical documentation. For more information on product lifecycles, see the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy page.

* Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) is not being extended. MED-V runs a Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) virtual machine using Microsoft Virtual PC technology. Microsoft Virtual PC ended extended support on July 11, 2017, and Windows XP SP3 ended extended support on April 8, 2014.

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