MS SQL 2005 Life cycle..

Hi,
we are running many instances of MS SQL 2005 databases. Since Micrsoft has been released SQL 2008 also how long Microsoft will support SQL 2005 officially so that we can plan upgrade accordingly.
pdixit1977Asked:
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Daniel_PLDB Expert/ArchitectCommented:
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Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
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Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & ArchitectCommented:
Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 will end on April 12, 2011
For SQL Server 2005 SP3 and SQL Server 2005 SP4, Microsoft will continue to provide technical support which also includes security updates during the duration of extended support.

Ref here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2011/01/27/end-of-mainstream-support-for-sql-server-2005-and-end-of-service-pack-support-for-sql-server-2008-sp1.aspx
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Chris MangusDatabase AdministratorCommented:
The pages at Microsoft are very hard to understand.  

Technical support for SQL 2005 will end on 1/10/2012.  Mainstream (hotfix) support ended on 4/12/2011.  If you're going to run SQL 2005 you should have it on SP4.

I'd begin planning your upgrades.  You should have plenty of time to get them done.
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pdixit1977Author Commented:
thanks
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