Right on cue, the venerable but aged Windows XP has taken another step towards retirement with Microsoft confirming yesterday:
"On April 14, Windows XP will transition from the mainstream support phase to the extended support phase, as planned and previously announced."
To be fair, with continual downgrade extensions and sales extensions many remained sceptical Microsoft would actually stick to this. Consequently however it joins Office 2003 in this latter stage lifecycle and means that from now on Microsoft will only address security fixes. We've also seen the last of any feature adding service packs.
Don't fret too much however as Microsoft confirmed that it will continue to plug Windows XP security holes right up until 2014. Of course XP was not intended to last so long, mainstream support is only meant to last five years and the OS has been around since August 2001. The problem has been resistance to Vista, which although now greatly improved, has taken two Service Packs to get its flabby arse into shape.
That said, with Information Week reporting 83 per cent of business will skip over Windows 7 next year (for obvious and typical cautionary reasons) it looks like XP will still have a major role for many years yet...