The count down to demise of Microsoft Office XP is begin--as the annoucement was made over at the Redmond software giant's official support lifecycle -- "Effective with the 11th of July 2011, Office XP Extended support will retire."
Released on May 31, 2001, Office XP has finally come to the end of its lifecycle, with the company planning to retire support entirely for the product this month.
"The end of support means that we will no longer provide public fixes for the Office XP release. Automatic Updates that ship on "Patch Tuesday" will be discontinued. There will be no effect on installed software; products will still continue to function," revealed Steve Chen, Microsoft senior support engineer.
Office XP mainstream support was retired on 7/11/2006 for all SKUs, namely the Developer Edition, the Professional Edition and the Standard Edition. Extended support will be discontinued as of July 11, 2011.
"Microsoft recommends that customers keep their systems secure by upgrading to the latest, supported product and/or service pack, such as Office 2010 (SP1 RTW. Office 2007 Service Pack 2 and Office 2003 Service Pack 3 are also supported for the duration outlined in the Support Lifecycle Product Database," Chen added.
"For our Premier Support customers, a Custom Support program is available. The support team has posted a useful web page about available options for retired product support. They have also published a good FAQ page to explain some of the background on the support policy."
[Via: Steve Chen]