Windows Server 2008 free support extended to Jan. 2015

While Microsoft launched Windows Server 2012 to the public earlier this month, the company still has a lot of companies that use older versions of its server products. One of them is Windows Server 2008 and this week, Microsoft confirmed that its free technical support for the software will be extended by another 18 months.

ZDNet.com reports that the original cut off date for the free support was to have been on July 9th, 2013. Now that part of Microsoft's support will end on January 15th, 2015. In a statement Microsoft said the changes were made due to " ... the launch of Windows Server 2012."

After the free "mainstream" support ends for Windows Server 2008, its customers will still be able to get extended support for a fee for another five years, although security updates to the software will likely still be offered for free.

Windows Server 2008 reached its RTM build status in February 2008. A new version, Windows Server 2008 R2, was launched in July 2009 and is basically the server version of Windows 7. Windows Server 2012 is the latest release and a new version is not likely to be launched for another three years at least.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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8 Comments

MsftGaurav said,
Why don't they provide a service pack for Server 2008 customers? Last one was in 2009.

If they do that, then the consumers will try to install "SP3" that was intended for Server 2008 on Vista. Remember, Vista SP1 and Server 2008 both share the same code base.

Edited by MtnDewCodeRedFreak, Sep 24 2012, 6:58pm :

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,

If they do that, then the consumers will try to install "SP3" that was intended for Server 2008 on Vista. Remember, Vista SP1 and Server 2008 both share the same code base.

And what harm will that do? Vista is their own OS, not some zombie step-child.

We're still doing fine with Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2 here. We see very little reason to
upgrade to any newer version anytime soon when the 2003 R2 version still works well enough.

DJGM said,
We're still doing fine with Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2 here. We see very little reason to
upgrade to any newer version anytime soon when the 2003 R2 version still works well enough.

Ironically - same.

What's the problem? That quote clearly acknowledges that Windows Server 2012 is the current release. The newer release expected in three years is therefore a post-Server 2012 release.

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