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Thread: Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

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    George Pelkofer
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    Default Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

    Hi All:

    Judging from the posts on the forum, many are using Windows 98 as their desktop OS.

    In a recent policy shift designed to comply with the court-order related to the Java licensing dispute with Sun, Microsoft now plans to phase out Windows 98, and a host of other products, as of December 15, 2003. These products will no longer be available from Microsoft's MSDN developer web site, or other MS delivery channels.

    The other products include:

    Office XP Developer
    Visio 2000
    BackOffice Server 2000
    Office 2000 Developer
    Office 2000 Tools
    Office 2000 Multilingual
    Office 2000 Premium SR-1
    Office 2000 Service Pack 2
    Outlook 2000
    Project 2000
    SQL Server 7
    SQL Server 7 Service Pack 3
    Embedded Visual Tools 3.0
    Visual Studio 6 MSDE
    IE 5.5
    MapPoint 2002
    Visual Studio 6.0 SP3 and SP5
    Windows 98
    Windows 98 Y2K
    Windows 98 Resource Kit
    Windows 98 SP1 (all win98 except SE)
    Windows NT 4.0
    ISA Server 2000
    Visual Basic for (Alpha Systems)

    See:

    http://news.com.com/2100-1014_3-5116216.html?tag=nefd_top

    George

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    Default RE: Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

    George,

    Does this constitute an early Christmas gift from Bill Gates?

    Dave

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    Default RE: Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

    Dave,

    The early Christmas present would be if they could send out a trigger to have the win 98 installation self destruct or upgrade itself.

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    George Pelkofer
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    Default RE: Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

    Hi Stan:

    Well, apparently Uncle Bill is not *completely* without sympathy.

    See:

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/12/05/48enterwin_1.html

    From the above InfoWorld article by Oliver Rist:

    "The Company last week announced plans to try a new CD-based security roll-up product aimed exclusively at users of its older operating systems, including Windows 98, Windows ME, and Windows 95. These products would combine all the cumulative security patches for each OS onto a single disc along with an installer front end, designed mainly to improve the life of folks using old platforms with slow Internet connections."

    George

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    Default RE: Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

    Chokes me up. I'm quite overcome.

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    Bo Vandenberg
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    Default RE: Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

    Can anyone say if there has ever been a software company who walked away from more of the needs of more of its costomers than Microsoft -- with this move?

    My bet is that Linux 2.2 will still receive security and emergency bug fixes after all the Windows 2000 installations are completely abandoned by Microsoft.

    If they were a car making company people would be allowed to use their designs to make replacement parts.

    If they were a baby seat company they simply would not be allowed to do this.


    I am not trying to defend the technical merits of Win98 but I think Microsoft should be recognised for what its doing. It is ditching working systems for its own gain while trying to blame Sun. They are abandoning users while locking up the source code that would allow others to help them.

    my 2 cents.

    Bo

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    Default RE: Win 98 To Be Retired Dec. 15, 2003

    Bo,

    Take a look at the Adobe.com forums - Dropped LiveMotion - Stripped dynamic content from GoLive - Thousands of very pissed of users as another BIG company steps on users.

    Marc
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