Zenith cube radioMicrosoft’s new IE6 Countdown site says, “10 years ago a browser was born.  Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.”

My first thought, when I saw the story on Business Insider, was, “well yeah, I’ve been using Firefox for years”.

According to Microsoft’s figures, usage of IE6 ranges from 0.7% in Norway to 34.5% in China.  2.9% of United States users use IE6.

As amusing as Microsoft’s presentation may be, it’s a good reminder to keep product lifecycles in mind.  Microsoft Support provides, for each Microsoft product, the dates that “mainstream” support and “extended” support will end.  Products that are under “mainstream” support are fully supported by Microsoft and products that are under “extended” support receive only security upgrades.  Companies that were using Exchange 2000 when Congress changed daylight savings time in 2008 may remember that because Exchange 2000 was only under “extended” support, Microsoft was not going to give out the hotfix for free.
Mainstream support will end for SQL Server 2005 next month.  It has already ended for SQL Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003 – both of which are still used pretty commonly.  Extended support will end for SQL Server 2000 in 2013, after which no further security updates will be made available.

So we would like to pose the question – what software is your organization using that is beyond its support lifecycle?  Do you plan to replace it soon?

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