How [Vista] Ultimate Is This?

Windows Vista Ultimate is Microsoft's operating system with all the whiz and bang for all users. But there is something important missing after all: Extended lifecycle support. Windows Ultimate support ends on April 10, 2012. Windows Vista Business and Enterprise both receive Extended Support, which means five more years—or April 11, 2017. According to Microsoft's Support Lifecycle Web page, support for consumer products ends after five years. There is no Extended Support option. I had always assumed that Windows Vista Ultimate, which Microsoft pitches as having the most consumer and corporate features, would be supported for more than five years. Besides, Microsoft does offer Ultimate to businesses for volume-licensing purchase, with caveats such as single activation.

Laura DiDo, an analyst with Yankee Group, isn't surprised by the five-year support for the software. "Vista Ultimate is more of a consumer purchase," she said. For businesses deploying Windows Vista Ultimate, however, the clock already is ticking down to the end of support. While Ultimate may not be standard fare on corporate desktops—even Microsoft is standardized on Vista Business, or so say some employee sources—small businesses are good candidates for the software. Likewise are universities. For schools with campus wide volume-licensing agreements, standard desktop distribution is Office Enterprise 2007 and Windows Vista Ultimate.

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Am I the only one that thought it was a typo that should've read 2022 when I read the product support page for the first time? 15 years of support for a product that expensive seems adequate.

advancedboy said,
Am I the only one that thought it was a typo that should've read 2022 when I read the product support page for the first time? 15 years of support for a product that expensive seems adequate.

Where did you read this?

I can buy Vista Ultimate for $199 and get 5 years of support. My company spends $10,000 yearly for their SuSe support (and that's just for patch downloads and support forum access)...now which OS is expensive again?

(yes, I'm comparing a server OS to a desktop OS, but still...)

I dont know what all the fud is about.. once sp1 comes out the lifecycle support starts all over again then sp2 so we are looking at about 10-15 years lifecycle support worth of Vista

Aero Ultimate said,
Another reason I'm glad I didn't waste any money on the "ePenis Enlargement" version of Vista, but rather got Business :cool:

Another reason I'm glad I didn't waste any money on Vista,

Everyone saying "stop whining" needs to realise that it's 2007 now and if Microsoft dropped support for XP right now everyone would be screwed as they've only just released Vista and released XP in 2001.

Either Microsoft will have Vista's successor (if we are to believe MS saying it will be here by late 2009) out by then, or they'll just extend the support past 2012.

5 year support?

thats like not breaking up with a bad girl friend.

its people and situations like this that holds back technology. im so glad amd pushed 64 bit ! 8)

Nintendo doesn't support gamecube... many things are like this

*arnnold voice*
STOP WHINNING!!!