Application End-of-Life/End-of-Support Notices at Calendar of Updates
Calendar of Updates (CoU) forum and the calendar is not only about security updates, product upgrades' notices but some news, discussion on updates (what work or what didn't work as per user - when they hit "make a comment" button on the said update/upgrade entry or what is their "opinion" on the said updates)... we also have alerts on Security at our Security Alerts forum and some interesting articles on security.
I'm not writing the above to advertise my website but to share what one of CoU member's question: "Has there been discussion of extending the Calendar to include end-of-life / end-of-support notices for major apps? Just wondering..." (posted by member on Dec. 5, 2006)
The answer is... Calendar of Updates has that already. I mean, we do that. We have the above-mentioned title in Calendar of Updates. Not all but we do try to notify our visitors on End-of-life/End-of-Support for some known and widely used applications. Example entries we got and how it is presented to the visitors:
Dr.Web v4.32b & below end of support
End of Support: Windows 98, 98SE & ME - Discussion at http://www.dozleng.com/updates/topic8161
End of support: MBSA v1.2.1
End of support for Service Pack 1
ZoneLabs 98/98SE/Me Support Discontinued
Discontinued: AVG 7.1
End of Support: Plus! for Windows XP
End of Support: Windows Movie Maker 2.0
End of Support: Microsoft Java Virtual Machine
So why we think the above notices on applications' end-of-life/end-of-support is important? Simply put.. it's an important information that we need to let you know so you can ready your system for the said changes on the application and I ask you to come and help us inform the community by blogging, participating in the forums or any discussion board that allow such discussions or come and join CoU and start posting in the calendar or in the forums
BTW, in CoU, you can hit 'Make Comment' button while viewing the update entry to post your thoughts on the update e.g. how the update works for your system or ask something about the update on an application. When you hit the said 'Make a Comment' button and posted a message, the message will be posted in our Updates Talk forum for everyone to read and respond (if any or require a response).