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 Read More …

More about Microsoft product lifecycles

As I wrote the previous blog entry I started thinking about all the other products I come across in my daily professional life and started creating the table shown below. For those that are still running Windows 2000 Server systems, it’s about time to start migrating these because next year the extended support will end. More product lifecycle information can be found on the Microsoft Product Lifecycle site.    Products Released General Availability Date Mainstream Read More …

Windows XP mainstream support ends in 2 days

On April 14th mainstream support for Windows XP will end. for the next 5 years the operating system goes into extended support. The table below illustrates the differences between mainstream and extended support. The Microsoft Windows XP product page explains it as following: Mainstream Support delivers complimentary and paid support, free security updates, and bug fixes to all Windows customers who purchase a retail copy of Windows XP (i.e., a shrink-wrapped, not pre-installed copy). Mainstream Read More …