Microsoft: Just five years support for Vista Home, Ultimate

Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it would limit support for three versions of the Windows Vista operating system, including its most expensive, to five years rather than the usual 10 years.

The company defended the difference by noting that the clock just started ticking. "End of life-cycle support for Windows Vista is still five years out," a spokesperson said in an e-mail response.

However, the software maker left the door ajar. "As we've done in the past, Microsoft will continue to evaluate the support life cycle for Windows Vista and make decisions about extending support if and when it is necessary," the spokesperson added.

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More like 2010

I remember Bill Gates saying in his interview on The Daily Show, that an OS takes around 3 - 5 years to produce, so given that Vista launced at the tail end of 2006 / early 2007, you could theorise therefore that the next version could ship somewhere around 2009 / 2010.

Although that is subjet to change, as shipping dates are notoriously slippy things lol

No way should Ultimate be on the list, if they are going to offer the CHEAPER business version's longer support, why on earth do they take away support for the most expensive version which is designed for a user who needs business functions along with home functions (or just someone who loves Dreamscene too much ;)) and who has paid a massive premium for that service.

NimrodUK said,
No way should Ultimate be on the list, if they are going to offer the CHEAPER business version's longer support, why on earth do they take away support for the most expensive version which is designed for a user who needs business functions along with home functions (or just someone who loves Dreamscene too much ;)) and who has paid a massive premium for that service.

Because it's a CONSUMER product, NOT business.

Hmm, and this in the day when new operating system switches seems to be less and less important. :(

I can really understand those who still work in XP without thinking much of Vista.
Heck, I can even understand businesses still more or less on Windows 2000.

It was different when we jumped onto Windows NT 4 and 95, or Windows 2000, IMHO. Active Directory was huge for businesses, and 32-bit operating systems far moreso than 64-bit operating systems are today.

Security is rarely a real reason, as the companies we'd be talking of here probably have a well proven computer security infrastructure in place, using quality VPN software, antivirus tools, and firewalls. Switching to Vista anytime during 2007 will mostly just happen for enthusiasts like us and early adopters in businesses, and I think XP will be common even during entire 2008.

With MS leaving a door open for changes in the article, I think they'll be forced to extend the lifecycle for this one already.

Another reason why enterprises won't switch from XP Pro to Vista
The company I work for upgraded their OS 2 years ago with XP. We wont see Vista in the near futur.

Pink Floyd said,
Another reason why enterprises won't switch from XP Pro to Vista
The company I work for upgraded their OS 2 years ago with XP. We wont see Vista in the near futur.

Umm... XP Pro = Vista Business NOT Ultimate.

You keep saying "penis" and "Ultimate" in the same sentence. You don't seem to know what you are talking about so go do some research on Windows Vista Ultimate. Then go look up that word in Encarta. Hopefully your comments will start to make logical sense and you can stop embarassing yourself.

C_Guy said,
You keep saying "penis" and "Ultimate" in the same sentence. You don't seem to know what you are talking about so go do some research on Windows Vista Ultimate. Then go look up that word in Encarta. Hopefully your comments will start to make logical sense and you can stop embarassing yourself.

he's just joking man. lol ... just talking about "braggin rights" cause he has ultimate edition to show off in front of his friends etc.... me personally i would not do that but i see what he's saying

thank about it though. in 5 yrs there will be windows eight... windows "seven" is suppose to be out in 2009 if i remember correctly but ya seeing how vista went i am not counting on it. they are cutting support in 5 yrs only cuz the next major release should be out by then... i know it doesnt bug me cuz i never had called support and i have legal copies... but really who cares right now what they say... they just rolled out with vista they are working on SP1 and Windows Codename "Seven" right now so who cares about 5 yrs from now with support... bring it up when it is time to bring it up in 4 yrs from now...

anyways that was my 2 cents worth of crap...

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