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#1 Izzy

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 04:28 PM

does anyone know if microsoft will stop support for Windows 2000 when Windows Vista comes out? Just as when Media Center Edition appeared they sorta said goodbye to Windows 98 though it was i nice easy system to use. XP is better than it was when it first came out. They may stop support for office 2000 too to force people to upgrade (well spend money to Micro$oft). I'm not worried about support of Windows XP yet that maybe the next windows release. Windows 98 $250

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 07:32 PM

Hi Izzy,

I have two web sites for you.

Windows 2000 lifecycle - This is the product support lifecycle for Windows 2000.

All Microsoft product lifecycles

I hope these two sites help.

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 02:50 AM

There was an article on the inquirer some time ago that stated 2K will still be supported seing as it is such a popular OS.
According to its statistics there are a lot of companies that still seeks the functionality but don't require all the extras.

Can't see why one can't just switch to classic view :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 October 2005 - 03:33 AM

thanks ofr info, interesting.

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 11:07 AM

* Microsoft will now offer a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years mainstream plus 5 years extended) for Business and Developer Products.
* Self-help online support has been extended from 8 to 10 years.
* The Enhanced Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy took effect on June 1, 2004.


Microsoft has announced an expanded and enhanced product support lifecycle policy. The updated policy will provide customers with a minimum total of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream and 5 years Extended) for Business and Developer products.

Microsoft’s announcement states: “Advancements in the technology industry have elevated the requirement for expanded and flexible support to meet product migration timelines and to directly address security requirements. The updated Microsoft Support Lifecycle directly addresses these requirements while trying to minimize the chance that future lifecycle adjustments will occur. This update reinforces the commitment that Microsoft makes to build predictable relationships with customers.”

Business and Developer Products:

Support Phase Previous Policy Updated Policy
Mainstream Support 5 years 5 years
Extended Support 2 years 5 years
Self-Help Online Support 8 years or more 10 years or more


There is no change to the retirement plans for NT 4 and Exchange 5.5 - both of which retire as supported products on 31 December 2004 and 31 December 2005 respectively.

For more detailed information: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=lifecycle

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 02:27 PM

Windows 2000 is currently retired for home use as of 30 June 2005 but is in extended support for developers and business users. I will give it for XP the longest running Windows official release in mid 2002 - ends late 2006 which is about a 4 year run from 2 years from 2000, 2 years for 98 and 3 years for 95. The only downside with Windows Vista is that pretty much all the programs won't run on it because of the new windows design. even users of office 2003 will need office 12 and a 25" screen. Amyway i'll be happy with windows XP another 3 years or at least until SP2 for vista is released. XP was crap until the fixes were done.

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Posted 05 November 2005 - 01:09 AM

Win 2k works fine for most users and will be around a long time.

Even though it was technically "retired" there have been recent security updates and it is likely there will be more coming as needed.

Edited by Enthusiast, 05 November 2005 - 01:10 AM.


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Posted 11 November 2005 - 11:33 PM

There was a critical update yesterday in fact.




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