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Mar 2 2011   2:16PM GMT

Sunsets Ahead: Ed Bott Summarizes Windows Retirement Dates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In the latest addition to his Microsoft Report (“How long will Microsoft support XP, Vista, and Windows 7?“) Ed Bott sums up all the forthcoming retirement dates for mainstream and extended support for all the various current Windows versions in use today: XP, Vista, and Windows 7. This is a handy-dandy tool that many IT pros will want to clip and save, as I did to create my own blog for today:

A nice summary of Windows support timelines

A nice summary of Windows support timelines

Obviously, the date that looms largest for many organizations — especially on what I like to jokingly call “the trailing edge” of technology — is the April 8, 2014 date when Windows XP SP3 support goes away forever. Despite the many predictions that Microsoft will yet again extend this date (as they’ve done twice already) I don’t think that it’s going to be stretched out any further. Otherwise, MS ends up supporting 4 OSes for some time, adding Windows 8 (or whatever final product name the “next Windows OS” takes with it to market) to the current three-OS line-up of XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Not gonna happen…

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