This is just a short summary of some supportability news, notes and remainders related to SharePoint.
Starting July 10, 2012, mainstream support will end for SharePoint 2010 RTM. This means that customers should attempt to be at least at SP1 if they wish to receive mainstream support from Microsoft. Typically when Microsoft releases a service pack, the release of that service pack triggers the clock on the prior version of the product (in this case, SharePoint 2010 RTM).
Support for SharePoint 2010 SP1 will continue until October 2015 unless a new service pack is released between now and October 2015. If a service pack is released before October 2015, SP1 would then be in mainstream support for 12 months after the new service pack is released.
Fully confused now? Then have look again on these resources:
Service Pack Lifecycle Policy SharePoint 2010 Product Lifecycle Search
As I already announced in my previous "Supportability flash may 2012", SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) and SharePoint Services (WSS 3.0) entering extended support in October 2012!
If not already done, please revisit my post on section Support for "Extended Support" Products and find more information there about the Lifecycles, impacts and other related links and resources!
Please be aware of this and ensure that all your issues are reported finally until end of august/begin of September 2012 to be eligible for a possible hotfix request!
Lifecycle Start Date
Mainstream Support End Date
Extended Support End Date
Service Pack Support End Date
SharePoint Server 2007
Adding some more information about the "extended support policy:
So this means, if you are forced to request additional support for hotfixes beyond the main stream, you need to sign a special contract within 90 days after entering the extended support phase.
Last month the Windows Azure Preview was released and is available for testing and evaluation HERE
Windows Azure enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any operating system, language or tool.
Currently, the only flavor of SharePoint supported to run on Windows Azure VMs is SharePoint 2010 with SP1+. The Support for the preview is currently limited to non-production systems/deployments via newsgroups.
There is another blog (german) I'd like to acknowledge here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/hritter/archive/tags/windows+azure/ - there you may find some more information and cool stuff about Windows Azure and cloud services Happy ☁-ing!
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