Friday, April 05, 2013

Microsoft Products Reaching End of Support

The products listed in the table below are major products reaching end of support in the next six months.  Of significance is Windows 7 operating systems without Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed.  If you have not updated or are not sure if you have SP1 installed, see Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Added to Automatic Update which includes instructions on how to check if it has been installed.

As a reminder, end of support is just a year away for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003.  Support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 ends on April 8th, 2014.

What does it mean when support ends?

The most significant change is that the end of support means that there will be no new security updates.  There will also not be any non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.

From the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy Newsletter:

The following list represents some of the products reaching end of support in the next 6 months. For a comprehensive list of Microsoft products and their lifecycle policy timelines, please search the Support Lifecycle Product Database.

 Product  End Date
 SQL Server 2000 SP4  April 9, 2013
 Windows Server Amp Web Server 2008 R2  April 9, 2013
 Windows 7 SP0*  April 9, 2013
 Visual FoxPro 8.0 Professional Edition  April 9, 2013
 Commerce Server 2002  July 9, 2013
 Dynamics SL7 SP3  July 9, 2013
 SharePoint Services 2.0  July 9, 2013
 Visual J# .NET 1.1 Redistribution Package  July 9, 2013
 Windows Automotive 4.2  July 9, 2013
 Windows CE .NET 4.2  July 9, 2013

* After April 9, 2013, no Security Updates will be issued for Windows 7 RTM. To remain secure, and continue getting Security Updates, customers are encouraged to upgrade to Windows 7 SP1.


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