Support for NT 4.0 Extended One Year
Microsoft has decided not to extinguish all support for Windows NT 4.0 for another year.
Originally the company had set Jan.1, 2004 as the date no support of
any kind would be available for the operating system, and non-security-related
hotfixes will still hold to that timetable. Support for pay-per-incident
and premier support, though, was extended through Dec. 31, 2004. Regular
support for NT 4.0 ended Dec. 31, 2002.
It makes sense for Microsoft to extend NT 4.0 support, considering that
it’s still hanging around in most networks. A recent survey by the news
Web site ENTMag.com found that of the 800 or so respondents, nearly two-thirds
still have NT 4.0 boxes running. (For more, also see, "The
Sounds of Security" in the News Archive.)
Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.