MS Products Lifecycle

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by FanJ, Jun 21, 2002.

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  1. FanJ

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    FanJ Guest

    quoted from that last link:

    Desktop operating systems entering Extended phase (effective date):

    Windows 95 (December 31, 2000)
    Windows 98 / 98 SE (June 30, 2002)
    Windows NT 4.xx (June 30, 2002)
    Windows 2000 (March 31, 2003)
    Windows Me (December 31, 2003)

    Desktop operating systems entering Non-Supported phase (effective date):

    MS DOS x.xx (December 31, 2001)
    Windows 3.xx (December 31, 2001)
    Windows 95 (November 30, 2001) ***
    Windows NT 3.5x (December 31, 2001)
    Windows 98/98 SE (June 30, 2003)*
    Windows NT 4.xx (June 30, 2003)
  3. FanJ

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    Mainstream Phase: Three years after general availability.

    Early in this phase, licenses should be generally available from computer manufacturers and retail stores.**
    Standard support offerings (e.g. incident support (per warranty), online support information, etc.) are available.

    Extended Phase: Between three and four years after general availability.

    Licenses may no longer be available to consumers.**
    In addition to online support information, paid incident support will be available.

    Non-Supported Phase: After four years of general availability.

    Licenses may no longer be available to consumers.**
    Only online support information will be available.
    Microsoft may terminate this phase after providing 12 months advanced notice.

    ** Actual Windows desktop operating system license availability in a particular channel may be different based upon channel partners' policies.
  4. Prince_Serendip

    Prince_Serendip Registered Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    :( I was thinking of changing my OS to Win2k (from Win98se). Oh well, back to the drawing board! It expires before Win98se. It's beginning to look like I might have to listen to the voice of the penguins. I recall seeing somewhere, perhaps a posting on this board, something about alternative OS's --not made by M$? XP doesn't look all that inviting. Hmmmm.

    Later edit: Your right! I misread it. Phew! That was close. Thank you. (Yeah, I'm getting glasses soon.) :D

    UNICRON Technical Expert

    Feb 14, 2002
    Nanaimo BC Canada
    you might want to reread that Prince. W2K does not expire before win98se.

    I for one have switched two machines (including my main one) over to Linux Mandrake 8.2. I like it so far.

    I have one small windows98 machine left. I don't need support for it so it can expire all it likes. 3rd party software will keep it safer that a M$ patch anyway.
  6. Detox

    Detox Retired Moderator

    Feb 9, 2002
    Texas, USA
    Yeah I gotta admit that MS no longer supporting my 2 machines with 98SE won't affect me... I havent downloaded anything from 'em. Maybe I would download and save the EI patches up to 5.5 from 5.0 but I think it forces the update without letting you save update files anyway. Hell, if I have to, I can use 5.0 if something messes up. I can't tell any difference these past few months with 5.5 anyway.
  7. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

    Feb 11, 2002
    This is all standard industry practice.
  8. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Security Expert

    Feb 9, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I read that the Win98 lifecycle may have been extended.


    "I have been informed that Microsoft’s formal warranty support cycle for Win98 has just been extended one more year. I suppose you can call this an E-List News Exclusive. (Or you can call it a rumor, I suppose, since most people I’ve contacted inside of Microsoft haven’t heard about it yet. But the tip came from inside Customer Support.)"
  9. controler

    controler Guest

    I also don't like to use the default Windows XP User Interface so I
    went to control panel, Clicked the startmenu-Taskbar icon, Clicked the startmenu tab and chose Classic start menu to give it back that Windows ME feel ;)

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