Windows XP Support Extended until 2014

Microsoft has finally given in to public demand. The company has decided to offer technical support for Windows XP with updates and security patches for an extended period until April 2014. However, it will not go back on its decision to discontinue Windows XP sales after June 30.

This means that after June 30, Microsoft will stop distributing Windows XP as a stand-alone product, as well as stop licensing it to PC manufacturers like Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others. However, it doesn't mean that XP will disappear overnight. Consumers may still find copies of the software or computers pre-loaded with it for months, as stores and PC makers typically work through their inventories.

Also, as per an announcement made at Computex earlier this month, the software giant said that 'nettops' better defined as PCs with limited hardware or ultra-low cost PCs will be available with Windows XP until January 2009.

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(Shiranui said @ #13)
I pity the fool who is still using Xp in 2014....

I pity the fool who buys whatever Microsoft tells them is the latest and greatest.

(hotdog963al said @ #13.2)
I'm sure some people will still be using older.
If your current machine works perfectly for you, does everything you need, then why upgrade?

What are you using, Windows 98SE with IE 6.0?

For Windows I dual-boot Windows XP and Windows Vista and I still only use Windows XP, I really don't care for Vista.

I think Microsoft should keep XP on the shelves... maybe even a service pack 4 that supports higher memory and quad core processors. People would buy it and Microsoft would make money. It wouldn't be hard to do.

(dmd3x said @ #12)
For Windows I dual-boot Windows XP and Windows Vista and I still only use Windows XP, I really don't care for Vista.

I think Microsoft should keep XP on the shelves... maybe even a service pack 4 that supports higher memory and quad core processors. People would buy it and Microsoft would make money. It wouldn't be hard to do.
XP x64 supports up to 128GB, and Windows XP (x86 and x64) supports quad core processors (XP Pro supports dual procs, so you can at this point in time have up to 8 cores with an XP Pro machine).

Of course, with specs like that, it's madness to use XP.

What the hell is this crap?

Why is Neowin posting made-up news?

NOTHING HAS CHANGED. The "2014" date was given a long time ago.

Might be a dumb question but what does this mean for licenses that havent been activated? I trust activation will still be possible after they stop selling? i have about 10 licenses not activated but im likely to use them somewhen...

(waruikoohii said @ #5.2)
What's the problem? Microsoft hasn't announced an activation cutoff date.

The problem with activation is that there *is*, must be someday, a cutoff date.

Nope, usually support ends 6 years after release and XP was released in October 2001. It was extended, and has been extended again.