Read the following this morning. Can we rely on this not to move to Vista
at this time? http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...lifecycle.html
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January 24, 2007 11:57 AM
Consumer Windows XP Gets Another Life(Cycle)
This morning, Microsoft extended Windows XP Home and Windows XP
Center Edition to match the Pro version. It's a good move.
Under the revised life-cycle guidelines, Windows XP Home and Media Center
support will end on the second Tuesday in April 2009, and extended support
will end five years later. The latter five years is significant. Microsoft
doesn't typically offer extended support for consumer products.
Previously, Microsoft said that Windows XP Home and Media Center
support would end two years after the release of Windows Vista, which is
next Tuesday. This two-year date had extended previous support. Microsoft
lists general availability of Windows XP as Dec. 31, 2001. Mainstream
support should have ended five years later, or the last day of 2006.
Microsoft's stated availability for Media Center was Oct. 28, 2002.
Microsoft has extended support for other products, such as Windows NT or
Windows 98, because of product delays and Windows usage patterns. Windows
Vista was first projected for delivery in 2004 and then 2005. Release in
2007 already puts Windows XP well beyond the typical five-year mainstream
Support extension for the consumer versions is the right thing for
to do. By extending support, Microsoft ensures that consumers will
to receive ongoing security updates, which is essential to protecting
computers from Internet marauders.
The extension also tacitly acknowledges Windows XP's worth as a product.
reason Microsoft could take so long releasing Windows Vista is because XP
worked as a platform that developers could extend and add value to. Sure,
security isn't as robust as Vista, but neither were the kinds of malicious
attacks in 2001 compared with today.
The point: Windows XP is going to remain a viable operating system for
time. Consumers will continue their pattern of buying a new PC and handing
down the old one for use elsewhere in the home. The old PC will run
XP instead of Windows 98, 98 SE or Me.
My question: Who will be running Windows XP in 2014? A couple months back,
talked operating systems with a teenager at the local GameStop. He asked
about Windows Vista. The teen said that he preferred Windows 95, over 98,
Me, 2000 or XP. I found that surprising and told him so. He praised the
interface and simplicity of the operating system--and I had to admit that
Windows has gotten a whole lot more complicated over the years.
I would be interested if any readers still run Windows 95 or NT at home or
at work. Please post a comment and tell everyone what about these older
Windows versions appeals to you. I suspect that for some businesses,
application compatibility would be one reason for keeping NT going--even
though Microsoft no longer offers support. /End
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