ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) Retirement and Discontinuation of Support: Spring 2024

Published Nov. 16, 2023
Updated Nov. 18, 2023

Logos for ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro stand juxtaposed.

As many of you know, Esri is formally retiring ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) for Education programs in March 2024. ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) will no longer be available to members of the ASU enterprise, which is an Esri Education program customer.

Starting next calendar year (January 1, 2024), with the beginning of the Spring 2024 semester, the ASU Map and Geospatial Hub will discontinue license distribution and support for ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap). In March 2024, ASU will no longer have the ability to issue licenses or otherwise provide support for ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap); we have thus decided to discontinue licensing and support for this legacy software between academic semesters (starting January 1, 2024), rather than in the midst of an active semester.

The forthcoming retirement of ArcGIS Desktop has been long in the making. Most of you have already made the transition away from ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) to ArcGIS Pro for your Esri GIS desktop teaching and research needs. If you have already made this change, we thank you and this message is inconsequential.

For those of you who have not, we strongly encourage you to make the transition to ArcGIS Pro, Esri’s modern GIS desktop solution, as soon as possible. ArcGIS Pro is currently available at version 3.2. Please see the ArcGIS Pro section of the ASU Esri software guide for illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to access Esri’s premier desktop software. 

There are many resources to help you pivot to ArcGIS Pro. All ASU affiliates have access to the Esri online training academy. Since 2018, the Esri Academy has made available a multi-course learning plan called, “Migrate to ArcGIS Pro”. That learning plan contains a 63-minute training seminar called “Migrating to ArcGIS Pro from ArcMap”, along with a 50-minute web course called “ArcGIS Pro Basics”, and two technical documents, “ArcGIS Pro Terminology Guide” and “ArcGIS Pro Migration Guide”.  

And, as always, the Map and Geospatial Hub is happy to assist students, faculty, and staff with making the long-overdue transition as smooth as possible. Please submit a Map/Geo Service Request for any questions.