32 bit Windows Server 2008 availability?

Posted on 2011-05-02
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
Does anyone know when Microsoft will stop selling the windows 2008 32 bit server version?  Someone said as soon as they release the 2010 version which would be sometime in 2012.  I just wanted to know how long I have to still purchase the 32 bit as we don't want the 64 bit version at this time.  I need some type of documentation to substantiate this.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Volume licenses provide for Downgrade rights.  So you can purchase Windows Server today, current version, and sign-in to the volume license web site and download the ISO and keys for the 2008 32 bit version.

    Be aware, Microsoft has ALREADY STOPPED developing 32 bit server operating systems (aside from patches).  Server 2008 was the last 32 bit version of Windows server.  Server 2008 R2 is 64 bit ONLY.  (The naming of the next version is NOT publicly known yet (and would certainly not be Server 2010 since we're past that year).
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    As you know, the 2008 server (not 2008R2) was the "last 32bit server", and according to Microsoft Support Lifecycle the "Service Pack Support" will end on 7/12/2011, but as leew pointed out - with volume license you'll have "downgrade rights".

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