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On Mesri2.pngarch 1st, we introduced a significant improvement to our Product Life Cycle Support Policy to help our customers better plan for Esri software release implementation in their organizations.  For many of our products, we changed from a version-based product support life cycle model to a new calendar-based approach. This means that for most new ArcGIS product releases, we will publish the exact dates for all phases of the Product Life Cycle at the date the product is released.

With this new calendar-based approach, you will know exactly when – and for how long – a new release is supported in each phase of the life cycle at the time of the release – providing predictability, transparency, and consistency.

For details on this new policy, please click the “Product Life Cycle Support Policy” link under Related Documents on the Esri Product Life Cycles page.Note: These changes apply primarily to ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server and related products.  ArcGIS Online and related products generally do not fit a calendar-based model.See the Esri Product Life Cycles pageJessica G. - Online Support Resources
esrilogo-resize1.jpgWith the release of ArcGIS 10.2.1 and its related products, and in response to Microsoft's plan to end support for Windows XP in April 2014, the 10.2.1 release of ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Reader, and Runtime SDK (for Java and WPF) are the last release to support XP and Vista platforms. The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 server operating systems will also be unsupported after ArcGIS 10.2.1.

In addition, ArcGIS 10.2.1 now supports Windows 8.1 platforms. Please refer to our updated system requirements page for more information.

If you are searching for information regarding the end of support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, please visit Microsoft's life cycle policy webpage.
Gregory L. - Online Support Resources

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