Microsoft to retire Windows 98, SQL Server 7, others
Dec. 8 ‚ÄĒ Microsoft will retire several of its products next week, including Windows 98 and SQL Server 7, to comply with a court order related to its dispute with Sun Microsystems over Java. In a posting to Microsoft‚Äôs developer Web site, the company lists several older products that are being phased out and that will no longer be available to customers as of Dec. 15.
THE ROSTER OF PRODUCTS to be dropped includes SQL Server 7, Office XP Developer, Windows 98, and a number of Office 2000-related tools and patches. Microsoft said it will update Java-compliant versions of some products by the end of December, including Office XP Professional with FrontPage, Publisher 2002, Windows NT 4.0 and Small Business Server 2000. (MSNBC is a Microsoft - NBC joint venture.)
Microsoft said that after the deadline the products would no longer be available through its MSDN developer Web site or ‚Äúother...