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Microsoft wants you to plan a new generation of legacy systems

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Barry Polanco
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Microsoft last year promised a new “Premium Assurance” product to provide security updates for Windows Server and SQL Server for an additional six years.

And now it's delivered: Premium Assurance went on sale as of last week with incentives to cough up sooner rather than later.

Redmond's support arrangements typically see it offer five years of “Mainstream Support”, during which products receive updates to add functionality, bug fixes and full security support.

“Extended Support” then kicked in for another five years, during which time users can expect security updates and bug fixes.

Premium Assurance will add six years' worth of “Security updates and bulletins rated 'Critical' and 'Important'.”

Redmond's new support product comes with an big hint to pay now for support you'll receive much, much, later, because the sooner you pay the cheaper Premium Assurance will be.

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