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    I was curious as to what Microsoft's product support policy is with respect to software that is currently supported, but running on unsupported systems.

    For example, the .NET Framework 2.0 is supported and receives regular updates, and is available for Windows 98, NT4, and 2000, all of which are no-longer actively supported.

    Now suppose there was a major security issue in a pure CIL assembly that ships as part of .NET 2.0, say System.EnterpriseServices.dll.

    Would Microsoft issue the fix to all users of the .NET Framework 2.0, or would they actively (or passively) not make it available for 98/NT4/2K users?

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    @W3bbo: it was the other way around for the security fix for ASP.NET, .Net 1.1 is not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2 so the fix was released for Windows XP up to Windows Server 2008.

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    @W3bbo: I would think they'd support the product and not the platform as long as the product was still being updated. Since 3.5 and 4.0 still use 2.0 as a base, I don't think support for it is going away for a long time.

    Still, this is just a guess.


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    Microsoft divisions, when it comes to product development, act as independent companies.

    So Windows OS is a product, .NET platform is another. When the .NET platform have to support Win98, it doesn't really matter that the OS of another company had been ceased, and would have to support all platform that it's designed to support.

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