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In determining the risk of continuing to run on an aging product, it is necessary to remember that Microsoft's life-cycle phases are guidelines rather than rules


Release and retirement dates for Windows client and server OSs and associated components


Overview of major changes made between Jan. 2011 and Apr. 2011 to Microsoft's roadmap for Windows


Timeline showing current and upcoming Windows client releases


Chart outlines life cycle support dates as well as initial release and service pack histories for Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Vista and Windows 7


Timeline showing current and upcoming versions of Windows Server and related products


Chart outlines life cycle support dates as well as initial release and service pack histories for Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, and Windows Server 2008


Software and online services that support enterprise users and specific business processes, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint Server, Project, Lync, and Dynamics products


Software and online services for computer systems management and IT security, including System Center products, Forefront products, and identity management technologies


Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is the latest specialized Windows Server version for OEMs to build storage appliances