Microsoft Reader Support Lifecycle Policy
Microsoft is announcing a support lifecycle policy today for the Microsoft Reader product.
Microsoft Reader is an application first released in 2000 that enabled e-books to be read on Windows PCs and Windows Mobile devices.
To clarify the Support Lifecycle situation for customers, Microsoft Reader is 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 sitehttp://support.microsft.com/lifecycle
Support Lifecycle Policy Highlights for Microsoft Reader
Microsoft will continue to support the latest Microsoft Reader releases on all platforms by shipping security updates until the end of support on August 30, 2012. These updates may include security enhancements, and minor performance improvements or product fixes. All releases of Microsoft Reader prior to the latest versions are unsupported.
As the Microsoft Reader product is of interest to various customers in the Windows platform ecosystem, Microsoft is announcing the end of support for this release prior to the formal end of support. Note the end-of-support also includes the Software Development Kit (SDK) and all Reader modules such as Text-To-Speech and Word integration. These Reader versions include Reader 2.1.1 for Windows desktops, Reader 2.5 for Windows Tablet Edition, Reader 2.6.1 for Ultra-Mobile PC and Reader 2.4.2 for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile.
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