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The sun is setting on support for Windows NT 4.0 with the closure of Microsoft's telephone support for the seven year-old system from the end of this month.

From the beginning of July there will be no new hotfixes for workstation versions of NT 4 either. So from Tuesday the remaining (die-hard) NT 4 users will have to make do with basic online self-help support until the official expiry date of the product on June 30 2004.

For server versions of NT 4, paid support and security fixes will continue until the product becomes obsolete at the end of 2004.

Microsoft extended the deadline for server versions of NT 4.0 in January.

After putting NT 4 out its misery, the next Microsoft product to meet the software equivalent of the Grim Reaper will be Windows 98. Support for Windows 98 ends on January 15 next year with Windows Me facing the chop at the end of next year.

For Win XP and Windows 2000, Microsoft has applied longer support cycles.

A support timeline for Microsoft products can be found here. ®

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