Microsoft ends mainstream Windows XP support

By on April 14, 2009, 1:21 PM
As planned, Microsoft today ended “mainstream support” for its long-running Windows XP operating system and Office 2003 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean anyone should be in a hurry to upgrade just yet. The software giant will continue to offer extended support for both products through April 2014, which in a nutshell means that security updates will still be pumped out free of charge until that date, but customers who need further assistance on a per-incident basis will need to pay for the service.

The changes apply to all editions of the Office suite as well as all versions of XP with the exception of Embedded. Additionally, those who purchased a machine with XP on it can look to their OEM for support and non-security fixes will continue to be available to businesses that are enrolled in the Extended Hotfix Support program. In other words, for most users nothing is changing as XP will continue to be serviced with free monthly security updates for almost five more years. For corporate users, on the other hand, this could mean having to rethink their upgrade strategy for the coming months.

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DarkCobra said:
Gez, all those people who just recently bought netbooks running XP must be pissed right now. Microsoft shoved their XP operating system into tons of those netbooks and then they pull this? . . . "Go deal with your OEM!". Way to go MS.Frankly, I think they could have and should have also waited at least until Windows 7 was finalized and out which isn't too far away. A great many XP users were holding out for Windows 7 and MS damn well knew it too. Again, nice going MS.
bavon said:
Yes, we just purchased two netbooks. Plus I have some licencing queries to chase up later next week. Now I have to pay after filling their coffers.... Why? Have they ever tried to contact an OEM? Obviously not.Well I hope for their sake that Windows 7 is not another Vista or they might have to rethink their XP strategy....
license27kill said:
so much bad news..... :(why microsoft have to be mean..xp is so much stable and the most used platform..
tengeta said:
Well my Netbook should be fine once I get a bigger SSD for it, then it has a little bit more than the minimum necessary for Windows 7.I'd assume 90% of Netbook owners are on that ship.If it fails though, Linux comes next. Not like I'm gaming on the thing...
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