SQL Server LifeCycles

I have been asked by a number of people over the last few months about Microsoft support for the different versions of SQL Server.

This information is on Microsoft’s web site but it can be hard to find.

An explanation of the support lifecycle is found at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=lifecycle
The relevant support lifecycle dates for their server products, including SQL Server, is found at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectserv

In brief, the important dates at present are :
– SQL Server 7 dropped out of mainstream support at the end of last year but has extended support until January 11th, 2011.
– SQL Server 2000 has mainstream support until April 8th, 2008 while extended us until April 9th, 2013.

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