Windows XP & Office 2003 mainstream support ends April 14

Just a quick reminder to Neowin users, both Windows XP and Office 2003 will leave mainstream support and enter extended support on April 14, 2009. This applies to the following Windows XP editions:

  • Windows XP Home
  • Windows XP Pro 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

However, for ultra-low cost PCs like netbooks, Microsoft has set June 30, 2010 as the End-of-Sales date even though the general End-of-Sales date for Windows XP was February 28, 2009.

The last Service Pack for Office 2003, SP3 was released in September 2007. The Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter will continue to receive updates with new junk email definitions through the end of the extended support phase.

The mainstream support phase for Microsoft products usually runs for 5 years after the release of the product. As per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle, mainstream support delivers free fixes for security patches and other bug fixes to everyone. Extended support delivers security updates to all users, but nonsecurity hot fixes are to be provided only to companies that have signed support contracts (purchase of Extended Hotfix Support Agreement and per-fix fees) with Microsoft. Self-help online support will continue to be available for a minimum of 12 months after the product reaches the end of its support lifecycle.

Extended support for both Windows XP and Office 2003 ends on April 8, 2014.

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mrp04 said,
Move on already its an 8 year old OS.

A) It's my prerogative to continue using their last acceptable operating system. B) Some of us don't have the good fortune to purchase a new computer with a new operating system. C) As pointed out, Windows XP is still the most popular operating system so why not support it (rhetorical question)?

Unfortunately we know why they aren't going to support it; because they want to force people into getting Windows 7 so that they get their reputation back (since Vista is what can only be described as a flop).

Anyway, I have five months of using an unsupported operating system and then am sorted with a Macintosh. I just wish the timing could have been better. :P

Yorkshireman said,
A) It's my prerogative to continue using their last acceptable operating system. B) Some of us don't have the good fortune to purchase a new computer with a new operating system. C) As pointed out, Windows XP is still the most popular operating system so why not support it (rhetorical question)?

Unfortunately we know why they aren't going to support it; because they want to force people into getting Windows 7 so that they get their reputation back (since Vista is what can only be described as a flop).

Anyway, I have five months of using an unsupported operating system and then am sorted with a Macintosh. I just wish the timing could have been better. :P


Dumb troll, GTFO.
P.S. Yeah Mac is perfect for you.

RealFduch said,
Dumb troll, GTFO.
P.S. Yeah Mac is perfect for you.

Ha! Well aren't you an educated fella. I feel I must follow your advice now. Thank you for your great insight.

Edit: Correct typo.

Yorkshireman said,
they want to force people into getting Windows 7 so that they get their reputation back (since Vista is what can only be described as a flop).

Vista was only a flop from a marketing standpoint. They made it out to be an OS it wasn't, until subsequent patches and updates (i.e. SP1) fixed up 99% of the common issues people have. If some people are still complaining to this day, then they either A) Haven't used Vista since their initial 1 day venture in early 2007, or B) They themselves are the problem.

If they start to phase out XP now, people will be forced to switch over to W7 regardless of whether they want to or not. If they do it when W7 comes out, then people will have time to sort their **** out and that'd put a 2-6 month delay on sales for W7 which looks terrible.

Basically a huge prep for W7. Yeah, screw you I'm calling it W7... it'll catch on and spread like wildfire.

If they drooped all support for XP right now, there are still those that would not let it go. Regardless of you feel about XP, why should anyone be FORCED off of it?

this is the part when i say "i told you so" to all my panicking friends who would not move on from xp. yep, better wait for windows 7 and have a go at it. we vista users are so much at home in windows 7 that there is no need to panic or fear the new OS.

What exactly will happen to Windows updates? we'll lost all the non-critical upates after April 14? if yes then it really sucks...

kagura999 said,
What exactly will happen to Windows updates? we'll lost all the non-critical upates after April 14? if yes then it really sucks...

pwned, now you know how windows 2000 users feel like.

I actually think they'll still be there, there just won't be any future updates. Cause I can still use windows update with Windows 95-ME/2000.

*just tried with them, they're all still there. But ya, don't even expect future security updates if Microsoft is going to treat XP anything like their older OS's.

@ kagura999

you would lose all update except security updates which they would support for the next five years

skynetXrules do you know where could I download those updates, since Im always formatting some computers and need update them all

I have not seen a single application to the present date that will not work with XP and requires Vista to run. (Halo2 does not count for it was made by M$ and can run on XP with a little hack) :)

I going to sit with XP as the my main system. W7 seems about 20% slower on my setup.

Do not worry Vista/7/M$ fanboys! The next laptop that I will buy in a few years will have W7/Vista x64 on by default.

Udedenkz said,
I have not seen a single application to the present date that will not work with XP and requires Vista to run. (Halo2 does not count for it was made by M$ and can run on XP with a little hack) :)

I going to sit with XP as the my main system. W7 seems about 20% slower on my setup.

Do not worry Vista/7/M$ fanboys! The next laptop that I will buy in a few years will have W7/Vista x64 on by default.

i call VS then that you cliam windows 7 is 20% slower on your system when you have not posted your system specs.


also so what if ther is no application XP can run that does not need vista so what . i bet i could find a host of applications from 2004 that don't need windows XP to run and only require windows 98se so your Point being.


finally ditch the 8 year Old based on 14 year old technology and get with the program . i just installed for a 2nd system for a friend windows 7 beta on a AMD athlon XP 1800+ system running 1gig ram and a 6600 graphics card from nvidia on an nforce 2 and everything works great hell he is able to run HL2 and run it 24FPS more with windows 7 then he does windows XP with SP2 and SP3 tho SP3 did give him 8FPS more still windows 7 runs alot better on that system being as it was made to get the most of your hardware and more efficient at the same task in the background or so.

It is all about technology and since windows 7 is based on the same under working pluming set that runs vista it is far more hardware capable then XP is no matter if a Developer makes a driver for XP for the hardware or not.

Udedenkz said,
I have not seen a single application to the present date that will not work with XP and requires Vista to run. (Halo2 does not count for it was made by M$ and can run on XP with a little hack) :)

I going to sit with XP as the my main system. W7 seems about 20% slower on my setup.

Do not worry Vista/7/M$ fanboys! The next laptop that I will buy in a few years will have W7/Vista x64 on by default.

Yes, because the opinion of someone who recommends disabling Automatic Updates in their XP optimization guide really holds any weight. Get over yourself.

Hi, I've been using and programming computers since I was 15, I'm 33 now. That's to say that maybe I'm not too carried out by new software coming out. I definitely do not criticize Microsoft for stopping XP support, it is the logical thing to do. But I use XP. What I would like to ask you (and this is an honest question, with no secret agenda) is what are the technical reasons you have found to switch to Vista, and now to 7. This is not argumentative, I would like to know if I'm missing something good about the new OSs, or simply put: Why would you recommend me to use Vista or 7.

I have to laugh really. Our company still uses Windows XP, on PC's with 512Mb Ram!!!!! They are slow as a snail horrible to use. Glad I have a development PC thats much better but don't want to risk migrating a stable working environment to a Vista/Win7 environment. Untill I need a new PC I'll be sticking with Windows XP.

..but in the home I use Vista, and I like it. I've never had a BSOD. I have had the odd graphichs driver crash (Nvidia), but Vista just goes black for a few seconds then its back up and running, superb!. I used to be one of those, "ewww vista sucks!" but after using it I actually like it, as for windows 7 I can't wait for the release as I would happily pay for the upgrade!

Is funny the newest "feature" of vista where if a drive crash, its try to auto up the service. I turned a notebook from vista (where the driver crashed almost once x session) to xp and xp haven't such "feature", neither this notebook with xp hang or have a BSOD. May be we will stop calling as feature and relabeling as bug.

Microsoft turned almost every product in a subscription based product and its STINK!.

Its a matter of time when people will take notice about it and will start demanding a change in the bad business practices of MS.

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