Jun 2, 2005

Microsoft to Roll Out Windows 2000 Update Rollup

Source: eWeek
Written By Ryan Naraine

Microsoft Corp. plans to announce as early as next week that it is ready to ship a
Windows 2000 Update Rollup, the final security patch for the 5-year-old operating system.

The Update Rollup, which replaces Windows 2000 SP5 (Service Pack 5), is a cumulative set of hot fixes, security patches and critical updates packaged together for easy deployment.

“The [quality assurance] tests are done, and it’s ready to go. An announcement is imminent,” a Microsoft source told Ziff Davis Internet News.

An announcement could coincide with the company’s TechEd conference, scheduled for Orlando, Fla., next week.

The Update Rollup will contain all security-related updates produced for Windows 2000 between the time SP4 was released and the date the update ships. It will also feature a small number of important, non-security updates.

The Update Rollup comes just one month before mainstream support for Windows 2000 client and server releases expires on June 30. Microsoft divides its support lifecycle into two phases: mainstream and extended. Once a product enters the extended support period, Microsoft charges for support.

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