Microsoft MSXML 4 (Microsoft XML Core Services) Support Lifecycle Policy



Microsoft is announcing a support lifecycle policy today for the Microsoft MSXML version 4 (Microsoft XML Core Services) product.

Unlike other MSXML versions that were shipped with Microsoft products, Microsoft MSXML 4 was shipped out-of-band and did not originally take a Support Lifecycle. To clarify the Support Lifecycle situation for customers, MSXML 4 will be defined as a "Tool."

A "Tool" is defined as a utility or feature that aids in accomplishing a discrete task or a limited set of tasks. Major Tool versions receive a minimum of 12 months notification prior to the end of support. Otherwise, support ends contemporaneously with the product versions for which they are intended (for example, Microsoft Windows).

Note: Some Tools may receive security updates or feature enhancements. Customers may be required to install the latest update of the supported Tool’s major version to receive support.

The Microsoft Support Lifecycle (MSL) policy provides transparent, predictable information regarding the support lifecycle of Microsoft products. More information is available on the MSL Web site
http://support.microsft.com/lifecycle

Support Lifecycle Policy Highlights for Microsoft MSXML 4

Microsoft will continue to support MSXML 4.0 by shipping updates for Service Pack 3 of MSXML 4.0 until the end of support on April 12th, 2014. These updates may include security enhancements, and minor performance improvements or product fixes. Service Pack releases (including the original RTM release) of MSXML 4.0 prior to SP3 are not supported.

As Microsoft MSXML 4.0 SP3 plays a significant role in the Internet ecosystem, Microsoft is announcing the end of support for this release well prior to the formal end of support. Developers and website owners are strongly encouraged to plan for the end of support of MSXML 4.0 SP3.

Where possible, customers are strongly encouraged to upgrade their development environments to the latest MSXML technology of MSXML 6.0 (Microsoft XML Core Services).

The Microsoft Support Lifecycle (MSL) policy provides transparent, predictable information regarding the support lifecycle of Microsoft products. More information is available on the MSL Web site
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.

Last Review : March 15, 2013