Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Last updated: May 2013


Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported or sold. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software.
Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.
This is the time to make sure you have the latest available service pack installed.

Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

What is end of support?

After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.
Support for Office 2003 also ended on April 8, 2014.


What does this mean?

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 8.1 – so you can receive regular security updates to protect their computer from malicious attacks.
Read the Windows lifecycle fact sheet to learn more.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windo...f-support.aspx <= Click Here



Windows XP Service Pack 3 April 14, 2009 April 8, 2014
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 April 10, 2012 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 * Service Pack 1 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020
Windows 8 Not yet available January 9, 2018 January 10, 2023



NOTICE:

Is the Windows XP operating system still supported by ZoneAlarm products?

ZoneAlarm products will continue to be supported on Windows XP SP3.
At this time there are no plans to end-of-life product support for Windows XP.
The most current version of ZoneAlarm is 13.3.052.000

You can always find and download the latest released versions HERE.

How do I migrate off Windows XP?

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windo...f-support.aspx