Windows 2000 Support Clock Winds Down
Mainstream support for the Windows 2000 client software has ended. Do you know what to do?Microsoft is set to phase out mainstream support for its Windows 2000 client and server releases on June 30. Microsoft divides its support lifecycle into two phases: Mainstream and extended. Once a product enters the extended support period, Microsoft charges for support. Windows 2000 is still the operating system of choice for a number of businesses, especially those in the small and midsize business (SMB) space, according to industry watchers, but analysts expect corporate migration to Windows XP to speed up with the end of mainstream support this week.
Earlier this week, the Redmond, Washington software maker made available the Windows 2000 Security Rollup, which includes a list of security-related updates produced for Windows 2000 between the release of Windows 2000 SP4 and April 30, 2005, as well as several important non-security updates.