Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle Policy

Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista with no service packs installed (sometimes referred to as Windows Vista RTM/SP0), and all versions of Windows 2000 over the next several months, as part of Microsoft’s established support lifecycle policy.  In order to help customers understand their options, the Microsoft Support Lifecycle blog today posted information and guidance for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista here and information about Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 here

A few key dates customers need to be aware of include:

  • April 13th – On April 13, 2010, Windows Vista with no service packs installed will reach the end of support. End of support means there will be no more security updates for this version, though customers who are on SP1 or SP2 will continue to receive security updates and support.
  • July 13th -On July 13, 2010,Windows XP SP2 and all versions of Windows 2000 will reach the same milestone. In addition, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Server 2000 and moving Windows Server 2003 from the Mainstream Support phase to the Extended Support phase.

Microsoft believes it is important that all customers take action prior to the end of support date, not only so that they know their options and can prepare, but also to ensure their environments are as secure as possible.  For more information, please visit the posts above on the  Microsoft Support Lifecycle Blog