Understand the Lifecycle Policies for Dynamics GP

In October 2019, Microsoft introduced the Modern Lifecycle Policy for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Before this date, the solution was governed by the Fixed Lifecycle Policy. The Modern Policy offers continuous support and servicing, including bug fixes and the latest tax updates. Customers stay current by taking at least one of the three yearly planned Dynamics GP releases.

The following illustration shows the lifecycle of the various versions of Dynamics GP:

Overview of lifecycles across GP versions.

The Lifecycle site shows key information about each version of Dynamics GP. The following sections provide direct links for each listed version.

If your Dynamics GP solution is governed by Modern Lifecycle

The current version of Dynamics GP, version 18.x, is governed by the Modern Lifecycle Policy. The Modern Lifecycle Policy offers support and servicing, including bug fixes, and latest tax updates. Under this policy, Dynamics GP customers stay current by taking at least one of the three all-inclusive Dynamics GP updates, typically released in June, October, and December each year. The updates will typically consist of hotfixes, tax updates, and any relevant regulatory updates. The updates can also include changes in usability or reliability to address top customer issues, and other areas that are critical in making sure that businesses run successfully on Dynamics GP.

The following table outlines the release schedule for the three committed all-inclusive updates of Dynamics GP each year.

Milestone Example date
June update June 1
October update October 1
December update December 1

For more information, see Modern Lifecycle Policy for Dynamics GP.

We recommend that Dynamics GP customers reach out to their Dynamics GP reselling partner with any questions or concerns. Microsoft remains committed to provide updates as described earlier. The Dynamics GP partner ecosystem has always been strong and will continue to release new add-ons that extend Dynamics GP.


If you're a Dynamics GP customer and want to migrate to the cloud, reach out to your Dynamics GP partner. You can choose to migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics 365 Finance to take advantage of the cloud, and your partner can help you migrate data.

If you don't want to migrate to the cloud, you can choose to keep up-to-date with the latest version of Dynamics GP or migrate to Dynamics 365 on-premises. The choice is yours, and Microsoft supports both scenarios.

If your Dynamics GP solution is governed by Fixed Lifecycle

The following older versions of Dynamics GP are governed by the Fixed Lifecycle Policy:

Product Mainstream support Extended support Lifecycle definition
Dynamics GP 2013 and GP 2013 R2 Ended April 4, 2018 Ends April 11, 2023 Dynamics GP 2013/Dynamics GP 2013 R2
Dynamics GP 2015 and GP 2015 R2 Ended April 14, 2020 Ends April 8, 2025 Dynamics GP 2015/Dynamics GP 2015 R2
Dynamics GP 2016 and GP 2016 R2 Ended July 13, 2021 Ends July 14, 2026 Dynamics GP 2016/Dynamics GP 2016 R2
Dynamics GP 2018 and GP 2018 R2 Mainstream support ends January 10, 2023 Ends January 11, 2028 Dynamics GP 2018/Dynamics GP 2018 R2

Installing any compatible Dynamics GP tax release or hotfix on Dynamics GP 2018 or Dynamics GP 2018 R2 will bring you to version 18.5 or later, which enacts the Modern Lifecycle Policy. There are no tax releases or hotfixes available for Dynamics GP 2018 or Dynamics GP 2018 R2 that would allow you to stay on the fixed lifecycle.

See Also

Microsoft Lifecycle Policies for Microsoft Dynamics GP
Migrate to Business Central Online from Dynamics GP
System requirements