It looks like Windows 7 might not be the only thing Microsoft plans to discontinue in 2020. Microsoft has now confirmed that the Classic Intune Portal will also discontinue with Windows 7.
Currently, Microsoft has two Intune portals- the classic and the Azure-based. The classic Intune portal depends on the use of Microsoft Silverlight technology in the management portal. Only the classic Intune product can be used to manage Windows 7 devices. In contrast to that, the newer Intune Portal is based on Microsoft Azure services and it doesn’t use agents for client device management.
Windows 7 reaches end of extended support on January 14, 2020. At that time, Intune will retire support for devices running Windows 7, so we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and providing great new end user experiences. After that date, technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your PC will no longer be available. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 before January 2020, to avoid a scenario where you need service or support that is no longer available. Read more about the Windows support lifecycle here.
Since only the classic Intune product can be used to manage Windows 7 devices it made sense for Microsoft to go ahead and discontinue it with Windows 7. What do you guys think about this decision? Let us know in the comments section below.