Windows XP Set to Leave "Mainstream Support"

Windows XP is set to enter the Extended Support phase of its life, moving out of Mainstream Support, as planned, Microsoft said on Monday.

In an email, Microsoft said:
"On April 14, Windows XP will transition from the mainstream support phase to the extended support phase, as planned and previously announced."
Mainstream Support usually only lasts five years, but in this case it lasted 7 1/2 years, because of the delay in delivering Windows Vista, as well as (let's be honest) the basic dissatisfaction with Windows Vista.

Extended Support means only paid support will be provided, and that only security fixes will be provided, with the exception of hotfixes to customers who have purchased the Extended Hotfix Support plan. Security updates via Windows Update will continue until April 8, 2014.

Windows XP has been dubbed "the OS that wouldn't die." A recent leak noted that Windows XP "downgrade rights" will continue until April 30th, 2010, well into the life of Windows 7. At the same time, a survey has indicated that Windows 7 adoption by enterprises will be slow.

Office 2003 will also enter Extended Support on April 14th.
Via:  Computerworld
FaceTheSlayer 5 years ago

I have a feeling that XP will be around for another 10 years at least, even if Mircosoft stops supporting it tomorrow.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

I think you're right slayer. Heck some folks are still running Win2K out there!

3vi1 5 years ago

You're all probably wondering what leaving "Mainstream Support" and entering "Extended Support" means:

It means that the only things they create updates for are security issues (unless your company has a hotfix agreement with them).

So: The updates will look exactly the same as they do today. The overwhelming majority of patches have always been for security issues.

yoda8232 5 years ago

XP will be around for a long time, unless Windows 7 does what it's supposed to do.

ice91785 5 years ago

I suppose alls-well-that-ends-well. As you guys have said I am sure XP will be "around" for a long while yet....I mean I am seeing PCs with 98 and stuff on them still as well as 2k; with the relative success XP once had, I am sure it'll have staying power for a while to come

digitaldd 5 years ago

Extended support means there will still be patches for the OS on Patch Tuesday. Its not officially retired until it gets EOLed which is on April 8, 2014 as stated above.

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

I dont see XP going away for awhile lot of people get accustom to things and dont turn loose that easy!

squid267 5 years ago

I love XP, but i think it is time to part.

cuddle 5 years ago

Does this mean my Windows'95 ain't no good anymore?

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