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I just received this email from the Windows Azure team about some updates to the Windows Azure Guest Operating System. As a side note, I have tried for years to get the team to call this WAGOS, but they won’t bite.

I have pasted the complete email below, but here is a quick summary.

IMG_66091. All Guest OS 1.x images will be deprecated on June 1, 2014. This gives you a full one year warning. The 1.x series were some of the earliest images, and are based on Windows Server 2008.

2. Much like our other services (Office 360), as of June 1, 2013, when a new version of the guest OS comes out, you will have 60 days to upgrade to the latest, on second latest image version.

3. Older versions of the Windows Azure SDK for Cloud Services will be deprecated on June 1st, 2014. This is one full year’s notice. The version numbers affected are 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4. We just shipped version 2.0.

Please read the full notice below for the full details, and links to further reading.


Dear Customer,

We recently published an updated support life cycle policy for Windows Azure Cloud Services for web and worker roles. This email outlines these new policies and the associated timelines for migration:

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Guest OS 1.x deprecation (retirement deadline: June 1, 2014).

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60 days auto-upgrade policy for Cloud Services using manual OS upgrade option for Guest OS version.

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Retirement of Windows Azure SDK for Cloud Services versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 effective June 1st 2014.

Changes to Guest OS families
The Guest OS 1.x family based on the Windows Server 2008 operating system is being retired. We are providing 12 months advance notice to you. The official retirement date for the Guest OS 1.x family is June 1, 2014. After that date, you’ll no longer be able to deploy new web and worker roles with family 1.x deployments, and your existing family 1.x deployments will be automatically moved to a supported Guest OS family. 
Please plan to transition your Cloud Services deployments that use the Guest OS 1.x family to the following supported Guest OS families:

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Guest OS family 2.x (based on Windows Server 2008 R2)

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Guest OS family 3.x (based on Windows Server 2012—recommended)

Customers who are using the Guest OS 1.x family don’t need to redeploy their Cloud Services because an in-place upgrade from version 1.x to 3.x is supported in the Windows Azure SDK 2.0. If you don’t upgrade by the June 1, 2014, deadline, you’ll automatically be upgraded to a supported Guest OS family. 
Changes to Guest OS version
On June 1, 2013, the new Guest OS Version support policy becomes effective. Starting June 1, you have 60 days to upgrade your Cloud Services deployments to the current or prior Guest OS version in each supported Guest OS family. 
As soon as possible, please start the transition of your Cloud Services deployments to one of the following supported Guest OS versions:

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Guest OS family 2.x supported releases: 2.13 (Release 201210-01) and 2.14 (Release 201302-03)

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Guest OS family 3.x supported releases: 3.1 (Release 201210-01) and 3.2 (Release 201302-03—automatic upgrade is recommended)

The official retirement date for all previous Guest OS versions is August 1, 2013. Any Guest OS deployment that’s not running one of these supported Guest OS versions at that time will be automatically upgraded to the current Guest OS version. 
Changes to Windows Azure SDK for Cloud Services
We’re also announcing the retirement of the Windows Azure SDK versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5. The official retirement date for the above SDKs will be June 1, 2014. After that date, you’ll no longer be able to use these SDKs to author and deploy new Cloud Services (web and worker roles). Further, Customer’s Cloud Services authored & deployed using deprecated Windows Azure SDK will not be covered under Windows Azure Cloud Services SLA. Customer’s Cloud Service will not be covered under support contract as well. 
Notifications
The OS and SDK retirement dates will be communicated to customers through an MSDN or RSS feed:

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MSDN: Windows Azure Guest OS Releases and SDK Compatibility Matrix

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RSS feed

To get more details, refer to the support life cycle policy
Thank you, 
Windows Azure Team

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