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Microsoft to Extend Support for Windows XP for 5 Years

     
3:19 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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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]

1:44 am on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It was nice as a corporate customer to get a little extra support from MS, but this move makes a lot of sense. I'm glad MS listened to its customers again on this point.

Despite the naysayers, Microsoft has made quite a few turnabouts on policy of late. This has been in direct response to customer opinion.

9:33 am on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Here's the original press release [microsoft.com], which says that the extended support is for XP Home and Media Center editions only. XP Pro users already were entitled to 'extended support'.
9:49 am on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Let's just hope it means to all language versions ..and includes the patches ..2K support didn't ..

But for MS this is progress ..or realisation that many are very underwhelmed by Vistas bells and whistles ..and especially the required specs to make it do other than limp along ..

3:45 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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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.
1:22 pm on Jan 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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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.]).

 

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