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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