Microsoft: June 30 not end of Windows XP support

Concerned that customers are confusing the impending end of Windows XP retail availability with the end of support, Microsoft Corp. has reminded users that the aged operating system will be supported until early April 2014. Jared Proudfoot, a manager in Microsoft's support life cycle group, reiterated the final support dates for Windows XP in a post to a company blog.

"Recently, there have been a number of posts in the blogosphere about Windows XP and the upcoming end of direct OEM and retail license availability," said Proudfoot. "Some people are interpreting this as the end of support for Windows XP."

Not so, Proudfoot said. Windows XP will remain in what Microsoft calls "mainstream support" to April 14, 2009, and continue in "extended support" though April 8, 2014, he added. The former delivers free fixes -- for both security patches and other bug fixes -- to everyone. During the latter, all users receive security updates, but nonsecurity hot fixes are given only to companies that have signed support contracts with Microsoft.

Those are not new dates, Proudfoot reminded customers last week. In early 2007, for instance, Microsoft extended support for Windows XP Home and XP Media Center to the 2009 and 2014 dates to match those already set for Windows XP Professional.

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Windows XP is one of the best operating system Microsoft has ever released. It's hard to understand why Microsoft has stopped selling that in that market. They could have made another billions of dollars with XP. And now they have announced end of support for xp that's unbelievable.

BTW..., it doesn't bothers me at all, since I have XP and even if Microsoft doesn't support that, I have IT24BY7 (www.IT24BY7.com) with me. The techs from IT24BY7 are awesome. I have their unlimited yearly support plan and they always help me to solve all kinds of technical issues with my XP desktop and Mac book. I recommend their IT24BY7 computer support to everyone.

Whohoo! Bring on SP4!

(and my reason for not upgrading, is because I don't have the money to upgrade my computer and buy Vista. XP is currently working fine.)

I just personally believe that if I buy an operating system I should get lifetime support for that purchase.

And alot of people still use 98 (mostly older types) because they don't have the need or the capacity to switch even to XP.

I'm wondering, what are the kinds of people who will still be paying for support for Windows XP, say, in 2012, when XP turns 11 years old? That's like someone still wanting support for Windows 98 next year. Craziness. And as far as hot coffee at McDonalds, what they really need to have written on the cup is, "Warning: Hot, and of Poor Quality"

Good.... then one might expect the final "rollup" to be ..... possibly..... Windows XP SP4 ??

Beats having to install years of updates between milestones.

Isn't the new Windows coming out at the end of 2009 or early 2010. So mainstream support till Apr 2009 is good news. Hopefully Sp2 for Vista makes it better by then, if not i'll wait till Windows 7, if Win7 sucks I'm buying a Mac!

I've always purchased an OEM disc of XP and received a free student version of the OS back in college for some MS PR thing at my school. I don't think I was ever entitled to support.

How is is confusing? Retail ends June 30, support ends later. Support doesn't end the day Microsoft stops selling a product.

Of course this is like McDonald's having to put "Warning:Hot" on their coffee cups. Some people are simply unable to grasp the obvious.

what kind of "support" do people need? call microsoft and ask how to change wallpaper? for home users, good luck getting any support from indian human robots speaking endian. for business, your have IT people like me.

Believe it or not, yeah, people call in to get support for changing the wallpaper. I mean, if they are having problems changing the wallpaper what makes you think they got as far as the Internet working.

(leo221 said @ #6)
what kind of "support" do people need? call microsoft and ask how to change wallpaper? for home users, good luck getting any support from indian human robots speaking endian. for business, your have IT people like me.

Basically protection from exploits, new device type support, and reliability fixes.

It was never unclear. They always stated that OEM sales would end June 30th. They never said they were pulling retail copies off the shelves or anything of the sort...

"As per Microsoft's posted timetable, the company will stop general licensing of Windows XP to OEMs and terminate retail sales of the operating system on June 30, 2008, 17 months after the release of Windows Vista."

That does not imply that places like Best Buy will pull retail copies off the shelf on June 30th, but one can figure that places like that will start pulling copies soon thereafter or just let them sell out and not re-stock them.

Well glad to see that they are clearing it up a bit.

I'm still wondering what do people want though? Microsoft to support Windows XP (free of-course) till Windows "7" comes out? Then what if you don't like "7" and it's a "Windows Me Third Edition" What then? Support XP till Windows "8" comes out? 7 of-course will more than likely be using more power than most of us have now. The 2.4Ghz Quad Core system you have will be "outdated" in 3yrs from now.

Hehe.... it never ends.

Well, now that XP is solid and stable, let's switch t a new Me experience. Good thinking. Never mind... I don't know what is the big issue here, several confused customers and Microsoft clearing things out for them. Wow, let's make this a headline in all the papers... Jesus. :eyeroll:

It's not a patch on Millennium.

I have tried vista on a dual boot for 6 odd months now, it's fine.

I don't like some of the gui, however I can change that to suit my viewing.

I am sure you will have to pay for extended support.

I am not bothered anyway as I will be migrating to vista next month for good, as I have tested everything I need got 32 bit as the 64 bit had some hardware issues.

So hasta la vista xp!

r.i.p.

(leesmithg said @ #1)
I am sure you will have to pay for extended support.

I am not bothered anyway as I will be migrating to vista next month for good, as I have tested everything I need got 32 bit as the 64 bit had some hardware issues.

So hasta la vista xp!

r.i.p.

Why would you have to pay for the extended support? They haven't charged users anything else for any extended support for their OS's in the past as far as I'm aware.
Plus, what's the point in charging some users to develop a patch that anyone could use anyway?

All extended support means is that they will only release security related patches. No more services packs and no more bug-fixes.