The typical support lifecycle for a tablet seems to be around two and a half years if you ask Apple; or until you reach the parking lot if you buy from an Android OEM. When Microsoft released the Surface last month we had no reason to believe they would be pushing for anything different, but then again, they want you to believe its more laptop than tablet right? Microsoft has finally professed their support intentions for the Surface, and we are cautiously optimistic they are moving the bar forward.
Microsoft Server Operations Manager, Crissy House, announced that extended support for Windows Server 2000 would end on July 13th, 2010. House also said on this same date Windows Server 2003 (including R2) will move into its extended support lifecycle.
Further, she also aimed to “clarify some misperceptions” that there would be a third service pack release for Windows Server 2003 (and R2) in its remaining mainstream support life.
This effectively ends security updates and paid support for Windows Server 2000. Those features are still available for Server 2003 until its extended support period ends in the future.
You can find the full details of the disclosure at the TechNet blog.
Microsoft has ended support for Office 2000, which was launched a decade ago. The productivity suite had been in its extended support period since July 1, 2004, which elapsed on Tuesday. If your heart still beats for Office 2000 for some reason, you can find all the patches that were released for Office 2000, during its 10-year support lifecycle, on the Download Center.
Microsoft is gearing up to enter a new era with its upcoming Office 2010 productivity suite. The company launched a limited-by-invitation technical preview of Office 2010 on Monday. It has also announced it plans to offer a web-based version of the application suite called Office Online.