Posted by: kurtsh | May 9, 2005

WARNING: Windows 2000 end of Mainstream Support: June 30, 2005

On June 30th, 2005, the Windows 2000 Product family (including Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter Server, and Windows 2000 Professional client) will transition from its Mainstream Support to its Extended Support Phase. This transition marks the progression of Windows 2000 through its product lifecycle. The Windows 2000 family entered the marketplace in February 2000 and remains a robust, mature product as it enters its 5-year Extended Support lifecycle phase.

Overview:

  • Microsoft offers a minimum of 10 years’ support (5 years Mainstream + 5 years Extended) for Business and Developer products. Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policy provides transparent, predictable coverage of Microsoft products and continues to set the standard for product support policies industry-wide
  • On June 30th, 2005, the Windows 2000 Product family (including Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server) will transition from its Mainstream Support to its Extended Support Phase. Extended Support for Windows 2000 will continue for at least five years, through June 2010.
  • Microsoft is not ending support for Windows 2000. During the Extended Support phase Microsoft will continue to provide security hot fixes and paid support but will no longer provide complimentary support options, design change requests, and non-security hotfixes (without an Extended Hotfix Support Agreement, which must be acquired by Sept. 30th for non-SA customers).

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