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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.
Microsoft to Extend Support for Windows XP for 5 Years [seattlepi.nwsource.com]
Despite the naysayers, Microsoft has made quite a few turnabouts on policy of late. This has been in direct response to customer opinion.
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.]).