Supporting 2000 server?

Has Microsoft announced any future date when they will stop supporting 2000 server and force users to upgrade?
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za_mkhIT ManagerCommented:
They've stopped supporting it already! You don't really get any updates from Microsoft that would enhance the OS. Only hotfixes if they are critical in terms of security. I think they stopped in July 2006 if I remember correctly
za_mkhIT ManagerCommented:
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Windows 2000 has now been superseded by newer Microsoft operating systems. Microsoft replaced Windows 2000 Server products with Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000 Professional with Windows XP Professional. The Windows 2000 family of operating systems moved from mainstream support to the extended support phase on June 30, 2005. Microsoft says that this marks the progression of Windows 2000 through the Microsoft Lifecycle policy. Under the extended support phase, Microsoft continues to provide critical security updates on a monthly basis and pay per incident telephone support. However, free technical support and design changes are no longer provided. Because of its old age, Microsoft is not offering current components such as Internet Explorer 7 for Windows 2000. They claim that IE 7 is reliant on security features designed only for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista, and is thus non-trivial to port back to the Windows 2000 platform.[41] Microsoft is strongly advising all businesses still running Windows 2000 to consider upgrading their operating system to Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista for increased security.

All Windows 2000 support including security updates will be terminated on July 13, 2010.[2][3]

Throughout its life, Windows 2000 has received four full service packs and one rollup update package following SP4, which is the latest service pack for Windows 2000. These were: Service Pack 1 (SP1) on August 15, 2000, Service Pack 2 (SP2) on May 16, 2001, Service Pack 3 (SP3) on August 29, 2002 and its last Service Pack (SP4) on June 26, 2003. Microsoft phased out all development of their Java Virtual Machine (JVM) from Windows 2000 in Service Pack 3.

Many Windows 2000 users were hoping for a Windows 2000 Service Pack 5, but Microsoft cancelled this project early on in its development, and instead released Update Rollup 1 for Service Pack 4 which is a collection of all the security-related hotfixes and some other significant issues. The Update Rollup, however, does not include all non-security related hotfixes and is not subjected to the same extensive regression testing as a full service pack. Microsoft states that this update will meet customers needs better than a whole new service pack, and will still help Windows 2000 customers secure their PCs, reduce support costs, and allow their systems to support the current generation of computer hardware.[42]

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Windows 2000 server is already end of life.  As of June 30, 2005, Microsoft has announced the end of Mainstream support for Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server.

Extended Support Period until June/July 2010, security updates will be provided free of cost and paid support is still available.
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