Microsoft Support Lifecycle Dates
If you're running Windows Vista or Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 it may be time to think about upgrading as today marks the end of Microsoft's mainstream support for the products. As with all Microsoft products it will move into the Extended support phase which lasts for some time, in Vista and Exchange Server 2007's case until April 2017. The main difference between the phases is Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the Extended Support phase, and Extended Support is not available for Consumer, Hardware, or Multimedia products. Further information on the Mainstream and Extended support phases, and product lifecycles in general, can be found here. We thought we'd take this opportunity to share some of the other support lifecycle dates for Microsoft products:   Windows Desktop OS's
Desktop operating system End of mainstream support End of extended support
Windows XP April 14, 2009 April 8, 2014
Windows Vista April 10, 2012 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 January 12, 2015 January 14, 2020
Windows Server OS's
Server operating system End of mainstream support End of extended support
Windows Server 2003 July 13, 2010 July 14, 2015
Windows Server 2008 July 09, 2013 July 10, 2018
Windows Server 2008 R2 July 09, 2013 July 10, 2018
Microsoft Exchange Server
Exchange Server Version End of mainstream support End of extended support
Exchange Server 2003 April 14, 2009 April 08, 2014
Exchange Server 2007 April 10 , 2012 April 11, 2017
Exchange Server 2010 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020
Microsoft SQL Server
SQL Server Version End of mainstream support End of extended support
SQL Server 2005 April 12, 2011 April 12, 2016
SQL Server 2008 January 14 , 2014 January 08, 2019
SQL Server 2008 R2 January 14 , 2014 January 08, 2019
SQL Server 2012 July 11 , 2017 July 11, 2022
As you can see from the above Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are the next products to move to Extended support in July of next year. Good job Windows Server 8 is around the corner!
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