One Week To Go Before Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For XP

So…. If you’ve got XP, what does that mean for you? I managed to find a really good article on the subject here, but here’s what this means in a nutshell:

  • Security issues will continue to be fixed by Microsoft until 2014.
  • Bugs won’t be fixed…. Unless someone pays up.
  • No phone support except for security related issues, unless you pay for “extended support.”

This isn’t really as dire as it sounds.

Windows XP has been out for 7 or 8 years. By now, the major bugs are out of the OS and all that’s really left are security issues. Windows XP is stable, reliable, and it has value as demonstrated by the steady stream of stories discussing the end of support for Windows XP, downgrade rights from Vista to Windows XP, etc. So Microsoft may be doing the smart thing by ending mainstream support if you look at it from that perspective. I suppose that time will tell on that front. But one thing that I will throw out there is that Microsoft may change their mind and push this date out a bit seeing as netbooks are coming with XP and Microsoft will allow people with Windows 7 to downgrade to XP. Plus if Windows 7 isn’t the home run that they think it is going to be, then they’ll have to scramble to keep the revenue stream going. That means XP.

Anybody else have any opinions on this? Please leave a comment if you do.

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