Microsoft has officially announced that it will no longer support SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 from July 10, 2007. Microsoft Customers who are running their systems on SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a or an earlier Service Pack (*yikes!*) should consider upgrading to Service Pack 4 or better still, SQL Server 2005.
“That Microsoft again, forcing customers to buy new software”, I hear you say. Well, there comes a time when you just need to give away with the old, and bring in with the new. 🙂
SQL Server 2005 without any Service Pack installed will also be “not supported by Microsoft from July 10, 2007”.
Other products joining the “not supportable” bandwagon include SUS 1.0 and SUS 1.0 Service Pack 1 on July 10, 2007. Microsoft will stop supporting Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains 8 from October 9, 2007.
Microsoft has also announced that Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 support will cease on January 8, 2008. So those of you out there still running Exchange 2003 Service Pack 1 will need to install SP2 to get Microsoft to support you.
Windows XP (Pro, Home, Media Center, Tablet, Pro x64), Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 will transition from ‘Mainstream support’ to ‘Extended support’ starting from April 14, 2009, which means you need to pay extra to Microsoft if you want them to continue supporting you past this date. There’s still enough time 😉