Microsoft Set to Retire Old Windows Releases
As Windows 7 sales kick into high gear and Microsoft begins work on Windows 8, it’s no surprise that the software giant is starting to retire many of its older operating systems. In fact, Microsoft will end support for quite a few Windows releases within days. Here’s the death, er, retirement watch…
July 13th, 2010 is the day you can way goodbye to extended support of Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 Professional SP4 and Windows 2000 Server SP4. If for some reason, you’re running Windows Vista RTM for some reason, “mainstream” support of that OS will drop as well (though you’ll still apparently be eligible for security updates.)
Microsoft warns that if you’re using any versions of those operating systems, you’ll be completely without support, updates or even security updates. Microsoft’s advice to channel partners is pretty predictable:
Getting your customers to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 is the best way for them to stay secure and supported.
No surprises there.