Effective with the 11th of July 2011, Office XP Extended support will retire worldwide.

What does that mean?

The end of support means that we will no longer provide public fixes for the Office XP release. Automatic Updates that ship on “Patch Tuesday” will be discontinued. There will be no effect on installed software; products will still continue to function.

 

here is a short cut-out from the Office Sustained Engineering and Release team

What options do Office XP users have?

Microsoft recommends that customers keep their systems secure by upgrading to the latest, supported product and/or service pack, such as Microsoft Office 2010. Office 2007 Service Pack 2 and Office 2003 Service Pack 3 are also supported for the duration outlined in the Support Lifecycle Product Database.

For our Premier Support customers, a Custom Support program is available. The support team has posted a useful web page about available options for retired product support. They have also published a good FAQ page to explain some of the background on the support policy.

For more information, consult these resources:

· Retired Product Support Options
· Microsoft Services Premier Support
· Microsoft Services Premier Support – Custom Support
· Support Lifecycle Information for all Office Products
· Office XP Support Lifecycle
· Microsoft Support Lifecycle

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Products Released

General Availability Date

Mainstream Support End Date

Extended Support End Date

Service Pack Support End Date

Notes

Office XP Developer Edition

5/31/2001

7/11/2006

7/12/2011

12/31/2002

 

Office XP Professional Edition

5/31/2001

7/11/2006

7/12/2011

12/31/2002

 

Office XP Service Pack 1

12/31/2001

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

8/21/2003

 

Office XP Service Pack 2

8/21/2002

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

3/9/2005

 

Office XP Service Pack 3

3/9/2004

Review Note

Review Note

 

Support ends 12 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy at http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#ServicePackSupport.

Office XP Standard Edition

5/31/2001

7/11/2006

7/12/2011

   

Office XP Standard Enterprise Edition

5/31/2001

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

   

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-us&p1=2533&x=15&y=13

For more information, consult these resources:

· Retired Product Support Options
· Microsoft Services Premier Support
· Microsoft Services Premier Support – Custom Support
· Support Lifecycle Information for all Office Products
· Office XP Support Lifecycle
· Microsoft Support Lifecycle