Microsoft Corp. is extending the period in which it will offer support for the previous version, Windows XP.
Consumers who own Windows XP machines already were entitled to get customer service on the software up until April 2009. That date reflects Microsoft's policy of curtailing its support for an edition of Windows two years after a new version hits the market.
Wednesday, however, Microsoft said consumers who still have Windows XP running after April 2009 will be entitled to five more years of "extended support." In the extended plan, consumers will still get security fixes, but instead of free service from the Microsoft help desk, they will have to pay for most assistance.
How long is XP going to be available on retail? I am thinking of buying a dozen or so copies for future boxes to be built. I don't hink Vista will be full time usable in a business production environment for atleast after sp1 and maybe even sp2.
Seems their launch towards consumers isn't expected to be a success.
But then again with all the DRM issues they built in, why would anybody but the music and movie industry like the product (or products that are crippled in order to support it [crippled in the sense that you will not find open source support for hardware e.g.]).