Windows XP support life cycle
Sun, Jul 30 2006 15:05
following on from talk of Vista, I thought I'd take a look at exactly when support for XP finishes.
Mainstream support will end two years after the next version of this product is released.
Extended support will end five years after mainstream support ends.
That's for XP Professional. Strangely enough, for Windows XP Home, there's no mention of Extended support
!! (hopefully that's just an omission, but it could well be Microsoft's intent as they have different support policies for consumer and business products :( ) One would think that if they have the patches for XP Professional, they'd make them available to home users too, but it isn't written as so :(
The good thing is that "Extended support" as far as I can tell is all people really need from support with a mature product like XP. That means windows update would continue to work for at least the next 7 years !! (unless ***maybe*** if you have XP Home ????)