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 …