SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft has extended support for Windows Server 2008 until 15 January 2015.
Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 operating system had been earmarked to enter the firm's extended support phase on 9 July 2013, however the firm has moved that date back by 18 months. The firm said that it will keep Windows Server 2008 in the mainstream support phase until 15 January 2015.
Microsoft generally provides a decade of support for its high profile operating systems and software applications. The company said, "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."
Of course Microsoft likes its customers to buy newer, shiner versions of its software whenever the firm releases it, but server operating systems customers are resistant to change in order to avoid any possible disruption in service availability. The company is desperately trying to get customers to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 and Windows 8, even though it extended support for the operating system until 8 April 2014.
Microsoft is expected to ship a revised Windows Server release alongside its desktop Windows 8 operating system later this year. µ
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