Lifecycle security update policy

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Microsoft is committed to providing products with improved security. Our long-term goal is to remove security vulnerabilities from all our products before they are released. To realize the dream of Trustworthy Computing is a key element of our vision. Although we strive to remove vulnerabilities during development, software vulnerabilities remain a fact today and we must be prepared to respond when they are discovered.  Microsoft advises customers to install the latest product releases, security updates, and service packs to remain as secure as possible. For the latest information on security updates, please visit our TechNet Library. Older products, may not meet today’s more demanding security requirements. Microsoft may be unable to provide security updates for older products.

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Article ID: 20556 - Last Review: 26 Jul 2016 - Revision: 8