Microsoft Retires Windows NT 4.0 Server reports that Microsoft Corp. has officially retired the Windows NT 4.0 Server operating system this week.

Despite the retirement, determined customers can still install new servers with the five-year-old operating system.

"The decision to discontinue Windows NT Server 4.0 reflects the growing demand for the Windows 2000 Server Family of operating systems, which offer greater reliability, manageability, and scalability," Microsoft said in its statement announcing the change, which went into effect Monday.

The change was one of several to the volume licensing programs that went into effect Oct. 1, when Microsoft updated to the controversial 6.0 version of its licensing system.

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Reader Comments:

Sat, Oct 13, 2001 MK Chicago

It _really_ seems that MS is just discontinuing NT Server 4.0 sales. Just like when Win95 started disappearing from shelves when Win98 was rolled out.
I'd think the discontinuation of NT Server 4.0 sales would not impact any existing 4.0 networks or the need for support for them. That's probably why MS is holding off on the certification retirements.

Sat, Oct 13, 2001 Sudhir Kumar India

Well... It seems a bit early to Retire the Operating System. People are still using the Operating System. What I feel like Microsoft should not be in a hurry to Retire an Operating System, which made the Company a World Leader in Network Operating Susyem market. But, anyway if any one needs any help related to NT, they can ask me at .

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

NT 4 is not dead yet:
"This announcement concerns the availability of Windows NT Server 4.0, not support for it. Product support plans for Windows NT 4.0 will be announced in the server lifecycle guidelines to be published later this calendar year. "

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Vicky MCSE NT 4.0 India

On the other hand Microsoft has rescinds retirement of NT 4.0 MCSE Track and here they have Retired Windows NT 4.0 server. a person having certification in MCSE NT 4.0, what will he do with his certification when there will be no server to support in the market.

Sat, Oct 6, 2001 Carlos Peru

Trabajo en un Banco Privado de mi Pais y estamos migrando de Un sistema Operativo X a NT, no necesitamos Active Directory u DNS, como nuestro caso existen muchas compañias medianas y grandes que no estan dispuestos a cambiar la estructura de la red ni las aplicaciones, estamos convencidos que Microsoft seguira aportando con soporte serio a sus productos NT Server, pues de lo contrario seria muy complicada la solucion Legal de ambas.

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