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Why migrate from Exchange 2013 to Office 365?

The primary reason for migrating away from Exchange 2013 is that it will soon reach its end of support. A quick look at the calendar tells us that its prime time is long gone and a few months after its 10th birthday, on April 11, 2023, MS will stop providing technical service, as well as bug and security fixes.

What does “end of life” mean?

The technical term for the end of life is the end date of extended support. It doesn’t indicate that the Exchange Server will suddenly stop working. No, the Extended Support End Date implies that the Server is officially labeled as unsupported. In other words:

  • you shouldn’t expect any new updates,
  • getting technical assistance might be a challenge,
  • you enter the high-risk area,

Truth be told, on some rare occasions, there were safety updates to Exchange Servers whose lifecycle has ended. And there still are some firms who successfully operate on Exchange 2010, which officially “died” almost 2 years ago. This brings us to a significant question.

Do I have to migrate from Exchange 2013?

  • It depends. If you want to comply with a security-by-design model, value your risk assessment specialists, and in general, prefer to live life with ease of mind – it’s better to Migrate Exchange 2013 to Office 365, and to do it sooner than later.

I’ve seen many opinions like this:

“What’s wrong with an old Exchange server? It’s only email!”

This might be the correct time to comment on that. “Only email” is what most firms depend on. Not only in terms of communication but also in record management, notifications about critical processes, and brand management.

Available migration options

There are different destinations you might be interested in migrating Exchange 2013 to:

Newer on-premises servers

Most companies that haven’t migrated to the cloud yet have one of these two main reasons: they either require full control over the company’s data or prefer the on-prem one-time-purchase licensing model. If that is the case, the current migration options are Exchange 2019 or Exchange 2016. Not excellent options, since Exchange 2016 reached the end of its Mainstream Support and both Exchanges 2019 and 2016 have the Extended Support End Date set to October 14, 2025.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 and related products give you the most features and offer the easiest method to get a successful hybrid work model. Microsoft makes it easy for the organization to be available from any part of the world while offering premium security and accessibility of data on Cloud Azure Virtual Desktop.

Why use a third-party Service for migration?

You don’t need to use a third-party tool to migrate from Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2019. However, using a migration service, like Apps4Rent’s Office 365 Migration, is the easiest way to go full cloud or go hybrid with the least effort.

With Apps4Rent’s Office 365 Migration, you get:

  • A step-by-step office 365 migration plan, which covers all migration aspects.
  • Advanced control over the office 365 migration process.
  • Scheduling capabilities that allow you, for example, to plan a migration during the least busy hours.
  • Advanced reports and notifications.
  • Technical support from technicians who have helped multiple businesses move their workload to the cloud.


If you face any issues, experience errors, or need help in the migration process, you can reach out to Apps4Rent as they provide a hassle-free transition from an on-premises exchange server to Office 365. Apart from that they even provide top-class Virtual Desktop Hosting Services with 100% assistance and day-and-night tech support.