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Microsoft Support Lifecycle - .Net Framework 1.1, 2, 3 and SharePoint 2007 etc.

Just thought I’d post one last time before the new year as I want to be as far away from a computer as possible until the new year after today!

Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy provides consistent and predictable guidelines for product support availability at the time of product release. Microsoft will offer a minimum of 10 years support (5 years of Mainstream support and 5 years of Extended) for Business and Developer products.

For more detailed information on the policy or on lifecycle of a specific product, please go to the following web site: http://www.microsoft.com/lifecycle.

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Figure 1: the typical Microsoft application/product lifecycle

Microsoft publishes a document every quarter along with an excel spreadsheet.

The objective is to highlight the next main support deadlines (end of support and change of support phase) affecting the major products along with the updated MSL.xls file.

Key points:

Action you should have already taken:

.Net Framework 1.1 RTM and SP1 were officially mainstream retired on October 14th, 2008, however it has extended support until October 8th, 2013

Immediate action required:

Office 2007 RTM, SharePoint Portal Server 2007 RTM, Project Server 2007 RTM, Visio 2007 RTM will NO longer be supported from January 13, 2009. It is recommended to upgrade to Service Pack 1 as soon as possible before this date. I am not sure on the situation with WSS 3.0, if you know the score can you post it as a comment on this post :-)

.Net Framework 2.0 RTM will NO longer be supported from January 13, 2009. It is recommended to upgrade to Service Pack 1 as soon as possible before this date.

.Net Framework 3.0 RTM will NO longer be supported from January 13, 2009. It is recommended to upgrade to Service Pack 1 as soon as possible before this date.

Short term action required:

Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Server 2003 R2 RTM (based on SP1) will NO longer be supported from April 14, 2009. It is recommended to upgrade to Service Pack 2 as soon as possible before this date.

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Once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

SpittingCAML




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