Along with the exciting new functionality added to the product with every release, we are also working to retire older parts of the product. The removal of functionality within our product is completed in up to these stages:
This is an optional stage that gives users early warning of our intent to deprecate functionality. It is most commonly used when an alternative is announced, and gives users the ability to migrate ahead of the functionality becoming deprecated. At this stage we encourage customers to stop using the mentioned product functionality, and migrate to an alternative.
This indicates that a piece of functionality is no longer supported. The functionality will continue to work, but no new enhancements or bug fixes will be made (with the exception of security vulnerabilities) and new functionality may not be compatible. We commonly announced the target End of Life date when deprecating. At this stage customers must stop using the mentioned product functionality, and migrate to an alternative.
The date in which we will remove functionality is referred to as the End of Life. After this date the functionality will either cease working entirely,
Spring: between March and April
Summer: between July and August
Winter: between October and November
The Winter release is announced with a suffix of the subsequent year, for example Winter '21 is released November 2020.
* These packages will be in Retired stage from Winter '22