Microsoft Dynamics on-premises life cycle is reaching its end, but you don’t have to leave behind all the integrations with other software you’ve built.
The Microsoft Dynamics End of Life is Coming
Microsoft Dynamics on-premises, the version of Dynamics installed on a company’s own servers, is on its way out. The Microsoft Dynamics end of life date will depend on your exact version, as you can see in the table below.
IT admins managing on-premises versions of Dynamics CRM, or even Dynamics 365, feel that time is running short. To accommodate such concerns, back in March 2022, Microsoft extended Mainstream support for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement, version 9 (on-premises). It moved from January 14, 2025 to the current end date: January 12, 2027.
Let’s get down to the details. The following table summarizes the mainstream end date and extended end date for the Microsoft Dynamics products, namely Dynamics CRM 2013 (version 6), Dynamics CRM 2015 (version 7), Dynamics CRM 2016 (version 8.0, 8.1 and 8.2) and Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (version 9).
Most Mainstream End Dates have passed. Even if you are on version 9, the end date is January 2027. And if you are an IT admin who is still managing that on-premises version, you know even 2027 is right around the corner when you are talking about such a critical system for the enterprise .
As such, we strongly advise organizations that are still using Dynamics CRM or Dynamics 365 on-premises to start planning their migration to the cloud-based version sooner rather than later. With this, you can ensure a smooth transition and avoid any disruptions to their business operations.
For more details on Microsoft Dynamics end of life and the specific support lifecycle for each version, check the official Microsoft links at the end of the article in the References section.
The Problem with Moving Dynamics On-Premise to the Cloud
When transitioning from Dynamics on-premises to the cloud, one of the main concerns is that you may have to leave behind all the software integrations you’ve built. Many companies have integrations with:
- POS systems,
- reporting tools,
- legacy systems,
- data warehouses,
Leaving such integrations behind can be a major setback when making the switch. You may need to start from scratch. You will need internal or external Microsoft Dynamics API integration specialists, which are hard to get. Moreover, starting from scratch might also be impossible in some cases because those integrations are not viable with a cloud version.
The Solution: Connect Bridge
Connect Bridge by Connecting Software is a robust integration platform that offers 400+ connectors.
Connect Bridge can help you make the switch from Dynamics 365 on-premises to the cloud seamlessly. You will need the integration platform itself and the connectors to your old Dynamics version and your new Dynamics version. With these, you can integrate the current on-premises version with the new cloud version, meaning the existing on-premises integrations will still work, even when all the users are using the cloud. Moreover, it allows for parallel adoption: you can progressively move your users to the cloud version instead of moving everyone on a dreaded launch day.
Another possibility you can explore is to build an integration from the new versions of Dynamics to whatever software you are currently integrating on-premises. The viability of this option will depend on what software that is, but you can always
In any case, it is all designed to help you make the transition without starting from scratch.
Key Takeaways on the Microsoft Dynamics End-of-Life
1. Time to Plan Ahead
Microsoft Dynamics on-premises is on its way out, so you should start planning your transition to the cloud.
2. Take Care of your Integrations
For maintaining current on-premises integrations, integrate Dynamics on-premises to the cloud version. While this may look like a big endeavor, rest assured that Connect Bridge by Connecting Software is the solution you need to make it much simpler.
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References - Microsoft Dynamics End of Life
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