Product Lifecycle Support Policy

While Citrix strives to produce the best quality software, it is virtually impossible to test against all scenarios and software environments. Occasionally, issues may arise which impact product performance or functionality. Customers should address these situations through the technical support programs described in the Support Programs and Services section of the Citrix web site.

Citrix lets you choose the right technical support program for your needs, with options including free web-based tools, our extensive network of solutions providers and technical support directly from Citrix.

The goal of Citrix support programs is to provide our customers with the tools and knowledge needed to identify any technical issue they have experienced. Once identified, Citrix may recommend the next steps required to resolve or prevent the issue. This may include recommendations to apply configuration changes, existing product updates or upgrades. In some situations, Citrix may determine that an escalation is required in order to further isolate the issue and potentially resolve it with a new product update. Your Citrix support representative will tell you the appropriate steps to resolve technical product issues.

For the purpose of this policy, the following support definitions apply:

Support

  • General troubleshooting of a specific issue to isolate potential causes
  • Issue resolution through applying configuration changes, existing product updates or upgrades

Maintenance

  • Resolving an issue through product code modification
  • Typically delivered via product update or upgrade
  • If a subsequent release contains the fix, the customer may be required to the upgrade to the new release

Many Citrix products progress through three lifecycle phases

When Citrix initiates a product or release through these lifecycle phases, an announcement is made on the Notice of Status Change (NSC) date and the Product Matrix Table is updated to include the specific dates for End of Sales (EOS), End of Maintenance and End of Life. For definitions of the various lifecycle dates, refer to Lifecycle Definitions.

Maintenance and support during each phase

General Availability (GA) to End of Maintenance (EOM)

Upon General Availability, products are fully supported and maintained until the End of Maintenance date. Citrix will provide code-level maintenance in the form of product updates or upgrades. To receive continued maintenance, Citrix customers may be required to update or upgrade to a newer version of the product. For information on technical support, refer to Support Programs and Services.

End of Maintenance (EOM) to End of Life (EOL)

After a product release reaches its End of Maintenance date, no further code-level maintenance will be provided; however, the product will continue to be supported until it reaches End of Life.

End of Life

Once a product release reaches its End of Life date, the customer may continue to use the product within the terms of product licensing agreement but the available support options will be limited. While there may be historical information in the Knowledge Center or other online resources, it is no longer updated and is provided on an as-is basis. The customer will be using the product within the terms of the product license as-is.

The Product Lifecycle Support Policy is intended exclusively for the benefit of Citrix customers with respect to the products they purchase. It is not intended to benefit any third parties or apply to any third party products. Citrix reserves the right to make changes to its Product Lifecycle Support Policy, for all products or a particular product, at its sole discretion, from time to time, as business needs require, without notice. The Product Lifecycle Support Policy web pages will be updated with respect to any changes as of their effective date.

Milestones for Products

Last updated: June 24, 2020

To help you plan and prepare for your maintenance and support needs, this page describes the key milestones and support policies in the product lifecycle.

Lifecycle Milestones Definitions

The date that signifies when a new product release may be ordered and fulfilled in all applicable languages, discount programs, delivery methods, and worldwide geographies.

With GA of a new release, some applicable offerings of the previous release will be phased out:

  • Evaluations and Not for Resale offerings based on the previous product release will be replaced by offerings based on the new release.
  • Downloads of the product release will remain available until the End of Life (EOL) date.

Notice of Status Change (NSC) is the date on which Citrix publicly communicates the specific dates for a product's End of Sale (EOS), End of Maintenance (EOM), and End of Life (EOL). This information is posted within the Product Matrix Table or Legacy Product Matrix Table.

The date that signifies when a specific software or appliance release will no longer be available for purchase. EOS does not include the end of availability of a particular license model provided the software or appliance release remains available for purchase under other license models.

For the majority of Citrix products which incorporate a date based license model, the EOS date is generally not applicable since new connection licenses work with previous product versions. In the event that a product line under a date-based license model is being brought through End of Life (EOL), there will be a minimum 90 days notice of the EOS date.

Citrix products that have been added to the portfolio via an acquisition, or that have yet to transition to the date based license model, will typically offer a licensing method that associates connection licenses to the product version. In these cases, there will be a minimum of 90 days notice of the EOS date.

The 90-day notice period gives customers the opportunity to purchase additional licenses to allow for growth while they plan for a version upgrade or deployment of a new release.

The date that signifies when a specific product release will have no further code-level maintenance. Code-level maintenance is typically delivered in the form of a product upgrade or update. The release of a product update or upgrade may define a new maintenance baseline. Citrix customers may be required to upgrade or update their product to receive continued maintenance. After the EOM date, Software Support Programs and Hardware Support Programs continue as before.

The date that signifies when technical support and product downloads will no longer be available. Technical support for issues will be limited to information contained in the Citrix Knowledge Center and Support Forums. If the issues cannot be corrected through this method, then an upgrade path or migration to the latest version or product replacement is recommended.

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