If I read the docs on Windows Service Pack support policies, and the specific Internet Explorer lifecycle support page as well as the Wikipedia page I've deduced that:

IE6 support ends/ended at:

  • Windows 2000
    • Ended (date unknown)
  • Windows XP
    • SP0 (RTM) Ended
      • Home: 30-Aug-2003
      • Pro: 30-Sep-2004
    • SP1 Ended
      • Home: 11-Jul-2004
      • Pro: 11-Jul-2004
    • SP2
      • Home: 13-Jul-2010
      • Pro: 13-Jul-2010
    • SP3 (released: April 21, 2008)
      • Home: ???
      • Pro: ???

What isn't clear is the Windows XP SP3 scenario.

In "human" terms, when is the end of support for IE6 on Windows XP SP3?

I realize this doesn't force people to upgrade to a newer browser however I'm trying to get a "semi" official word on when IE6 moves into the "not supported" category.

I'm not interested in philosophical answers e.g. "big enterprise won't upgrade but they will expect support into 2017" stuff... I just want the "clear answer" in terms of official Microsoft support.

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    I can't help you, but to convince people don't forget to mention the declining support by the internet community -- ie6nomore.com and the like.
    – Arjan
    Apr 5, 2010 at 16:11

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It appears as though it's April 2014. I looked here, and it wasn't too helpful, but from my cursory googling, it seems to be April 2014.

EDIT: I believe that standard support has ended, and XP SP3 is in extended support phase right now. This extended support phase ends in April 2014.

  • Trivia: IE 5.01 on Win2000 was supported until 2010 for the same reason!
    – Yuhong Bao
    Jun 24, 2012 at 4:23

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