Windows Server 2008 gets 18 months of added support
Posted on: 10/08/2012 03:47 PM

Computerworld posted a story that Microsoft has extended mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 by 18 months

Windows Server 2008 gets 18 months of added support

Announced in the latest Microsoft Support Lifecycle newsletter, the extension was triggered by a company policy that requires an extension if the follow-up product is slow to arrive, among other reasons.

"The Microsoft policy provides a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support or two years of Mainstream Support after the successor product ships, whichever is longer," the newsletter said (emphasis in original).

Microsoft considers the true successor to Server 2008 to be Server 2012, which debuted last month. The September debut pushed the end of mainstream support for Server 2008 from July 9, 2013, to Jan. 13, 2015. The end of extended support for Server 2008 is now Jan. 14, 2020.

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