Microsoft Product Lifecycle – The year 2014 is not that far away anymore

The countdown has started in less than 1000 days Windows XP will definitely go end of life. However note that not only Windows XP reaches its end soon, Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, SCCM 2003 and some other products are about to reach their end of life within the same timeframe.

For my personal reference and yours if you like, I have put together a short overview of the end of life dates for the products we deal with mostly in a typical Windows SMB or Enterprise environment.

Products Released
General Availability Date Mainstream Support End Date Extended Support End Date
Windows XP Professional
31-Dec-2001 14-Apr-2009 8-Apr-2014 12
Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition 
28-May-2003 13-Jul-2010 14-Jul-2015 12
Windows Vista Enterprise
25-Jan-2007 10-Apr-2012 11-Apr-2017 10
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
6-May-2008 9-Jul-2013 10-Jul-2018 10
Windows 7 Enterprise
22-Oct-2009 13-Jan-2015 14-Jan-2020 10
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
22-Oct-2009 9-Jul-2013 10-Jul-2018 9
Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003
17-Nov-2003 14-Apr-2009 8-Apr-2014 10
Office Enterprise 2007
27-Jan-2007 10-Apr-2012 11-Apr-2017 10
Office Professional Plus 2010
15-Jul-2010 13-Oct-2015 13-Oct-2020 10
Systems Management Server 2003
20-Jan-2004 12-Jan-2010 13-Jan-2015 11
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3
19-Dec-2010 8-Jan-2013 9-Jan-2018 7
Application Virtualization 4.6 for Terminal Services
27-May-2010 14-Jul-2015 14-Jul-2020 10
Communicator 2007 R2
19-Mar-2009 8-Jan-2013 9-Jan-2018 9
Lync 2010
25-Jan-2011 12-Apr-2016 13-Apr-2021 10
SharePoint Portal Server 2003
23-Nov-2003 14-Apr-2009 8-Apr-2014 10
SharePoint Server 2010
15-Jun-2010 13-Oct-2015 13-Oct-2020 10
Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
28-Sep-2003 14-Apr-2009 8-Apr-2014 10
Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
8-Mar-2007 10-Apr-2012 11-Apr-2017 10
Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise
9-Nov-2009 13-Jan-2015 14-Jan-2020 10
SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
14-Jan-2006 12-Apr-2011 12-Apr-2016 10
SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
7-Nov-2008 14-Jan-2014 8-Jan-2019 10
SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
20-Jul-2010 14-Jan-2014 8-Jan-2019 8

More details and more products can be found on the Microsoft Lifecycle support page.


Just received a Tweet from @Browsium reminding me about Internet Explorer, Now to be honest, you would think that this information is clearly shown on the Microsoft Product Lifecycle page, well it isn’t. Instead of putting a clear date, Microsoft refers to the general lifecycle support policy description. . Maybe read this article The Support Lifecycle for Internet Explorer that tries to explain things.

My best guess of IE support is shown in the table below. If anyone has clear facts / dates, let me know.

Products Released General Availability Date Mainstream Support End Date Extended Support End Date
Internet Explorer 6.0 12/31/2001   See Windows Server 2003
Windows Internet Explorer 7 10/18/2006   See Windows Server 2008
Windows Internet Explorer 8 6/17/2009   See Windows 7
Windows Internet Explorer 9 3/15/2011    

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