Microsoft Announces Extended Support for XP Home/ MCE

Today, Microsoft is announcing the addition of an Extended Support phase for the Windows® XP Home Edition and Windows XP Media Center Edition operating systems, providing consumers with an additional phase of support.

With the addition of Extended Support, the support life cycle for Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Media Center Edition will include a total of five years of Mainstream Support (until April 2009) and five years of Extended Support, matching the support policy provided for Windows XP Professional.

The Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy standardizes Microsoft® product support policies for business and developer products as well as for consumer, hardware, multimedia and Microsoft Dynamics™ products.

News source: MS Presspass

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Nice, so this would mean SP3 and maybe SP4 for Windows XP, security update and bug fixes. No need to upgrade to Vista for now!

MS allways supported 2 (desktop) OS at the same time. So this could mean that the replacement for Vista will be here by April 2009... Remember, they just stoped the support for Win2000...

this is a good thing since if i am correct (please correct me if i am wrong) windows xp has the largest user base worldwide for any windows os?

Woohoo! This means I won't have to change OSs until April 2009.

I hope linux can be built up real good in that time cause I don't want to switch to Vista.

Have you ever tried Linux? It already is "built up real good." Desktop distros like Ubuntu and openSUSE easily rival Vista, in terms of eye candy to productivity.

Now if only it didn't require learning the CLI, and was fully GUI'd like windows, and had better driver support, and a more unified build with other distros to actually grow a companies backing and a more unified OS community...

Ease of use and compatibilty are really the biggest reasons why people use windows.

include a total of five years of Mainstream Support (until April 2009) and five years of Extended Support

I read this to mean 2014.

"The main difference between mainstream and extended support is the way Microsoft treats non-security-focused hotfixes. Under mainstream support, Microsoft provides these kinds of hotfixes for free. Under extended, customers are required to pay for non-security hotfixes and must sign an "extended hotfix agreement, purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending."

ozzy76 said,
So can we assume this means there will be a SP3 ?

Yes, it's called Vista

Seriously though, I really wish MS would support their products longer than they do. After all it takes them at least 5 years to create an OS. Many companies (mine included) rely on legacy systems. This hasn't been a problem with most MS products because you could rely on third party products when MS abandoned you. Unfortunately with such a tight control over the low level areas (including kernel) of Vista, MS is basically screwing businesses who can't justify upgrading all the time. This latest move is making many IT people to re-think Linux.

adversedeviant said,
and what about xp pro?

matching the support policy provided for Windows XP Professional

Pro has always had that period of extended support due to it being a business OS mate

With the addition of Extended Support, the support life cycle for Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Media Center Edition will include a total of five years of Mainstream Support (until April 2009) and five years of Extended Support, matching the support policy provided for Windows XP Professional.

Did you actually read the article?

Edit: Darn beaten to it.

adversedeviant said,
meh i skimmed through it

You don't have the time to read 3 small paragraphs but have the time to ask a question and then come back later to look for any answer posted?