Quote:> Does anyone know when Microsoft will stop supporting 6.5.?
Q. How much longer will MS support SQL 6.5 for?
A. As a rule of thumb :-
MS provide support for at least the current and previous version of a product
(service-packs don't count). So with 6.5 and 7.0 out MS will support 6.5 until
the next version of SQL comes out. Whether this new version is called SQL 7.1,
7.5, 8.0, 2000 etc. is up to the marketeers and is irrelevant for this
discussion. Until this time MS will be actively fixing the code and issuing
servicepacks and hotfixes.
After that MS continue to provide support for as long as they feel the customer
base warrants it. This is weighed up against the fact that MS support doesn't
make the company any money and they do want to encourage users to upgrade
(because that does make them money). For 6.5 I would expect this to be a
fairly long period given the installed-base of 6.5. During this time the
likelihood of servicepacks decreases but for major problems or major customers
you will at least get hot-fixes written.
Once this period finishes MS finishes "active" support. The source-code is
still available but no more fixes are written. MS will still take a support
call and help out with a problem - be it performance, corruption etc. They
will help you fix the problem or provide workarounds, but they will not write
fixes. If a bug is found they will test it against the latest version code and
fix it in that if necessary, but your only option to get the fix would be to
Neil Pike MVP/MCSE. Protech Computing Ltd
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