2. When the updating of Stata 8 will be descontinued?
I would expect that on the date you could actually order and receive a
copy of Stata 9 (following the ship date later this month) that Stata
8.2 would be 'frozen'. From messages on the list, it is evident that
there are a lot of Stata 8.0 users out there who haven't figured out
how to bring their Stata up to date, and they will be able to do that
update step (to the last available Stata 8.2 executable and ados) for
the foreseeable future.