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Windows Server 2008 Given Support Lifeline

Windows Server 2008 is about four years old, which would normally mean next year it would enter "extended support." This would mean that free incident support  would end and the warranty would expire  (but you would still get patches).

Instead, mainstream support is prolonged for an extra year and a half -- all the way 'til January 2015.

The timing of Windows Server 2012 is behind the support extension, Microsoft explains in a blog. "The Microsoft policy provides a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support or two years of Mainstream Support after the successor product ships, whichever is longer."

Don't expect the same leeway with XP. Support for that is still set for April 2014.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/28/2012 at 1:19 PM


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