Microsoft extends free Windows Server 2008 support through January 15th, 2015
Now that Windows Server 2012 is available (and Server 2008 R2 is still being sold), Windows Server 2008 isn’t likely to gain anymore market share, but that’s not to suggest it’ll fade away anytime soon. In fact, Microsoft has extended its support of the server OS — previously set to expire on July 9th, 2013 — through January 15th, 2015. The company will continue to deliver free security fixes for the operating system beyond this cutoff date, however maintenance updates will require the purchase of extended support from Microsoft. According to the company’s revised product lifecycle, paid updates for Windows Server 2008 will now be available through January 14th, 2020.
The new dates were largely determined by Microsoft guidelines, which guarantee a minimum five years of support, or in this case, two years of mainstream support beyond the release of the successor product.