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Time for upgrades as end of life looms for Microsoft products

Simon Quicke

Microsoft has warned that it is just days away from ending support for several products providing resellers with a reason to talk of upgrades.

From next Tuesday (13 July) Windows Vista Release to Manufacture and Windows XP SP2 will have support withdrawn along with Windows Server 2000.

There will be no more security updates for those products and any assistance customers require will be something the vendor can charge for.

"While the transition itself will not have a significant impact on user environments, customers are advised to take action and should either migrate to more recent versions of the solutions that are better suited to current business requirements, or they should install the latest Service Packs to ensure they remain secure," the vendor stated.

Microsoft added that those customers that were still using aging technology were not just facing security threats but could be excluded from a different technology landscape.

"Products reaching 'end of life' on July 13 were designed for a very different business and technology context - an environment without virtualisation, cloud computing, remote working or social networking. Today's IT systems are more advanced, and customer requirements more mature," it stated.


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