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Mainstream Support Phase Ends For Windows XP & Office 2003

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Mainstream Support Phase Ends For Windows XP & Office 2003

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...

Links:

via HotHardware

via Information Week

Coffee_With_Bailey's

April 15, 2009, 6:56 pm

The business case has always been pretty tough for Vista... what exactly does it bring to the table to boost corporate users productivity?





Shipping it by default on new hardware - that's one thing. But I can't imagine many IT managers holding onto their jobs for very long, by recommending that the existing corporate PC fleet is upgraded (is that the right term?) to Vista.





And as for 'The WOW starts now', you only have to look to Mac OS or almost any Flavour of Linux with Compiz configured on top, to get a bucket-load more WOW than Vista can summon up. And for me, the whole 3D surface thing in Vista is just a gimmick, yet it could be so much more.





That aside, the Vista Media Centre builds on the success of the ealier editions based on Windows XP and has proved really reliable over the past couple of years as the hub of our video/PVR entertainment system (extended out to... Da Da Daaa... a quiet & reliable XBox 360 - they do exist despite all the bad press). Easy enough that my semi-technophobic wife uses it without any problems.





But like I said, a good Media Centre App, is not a good enough reason for most companies to feel the need to go through the hassles of wholesale migration away from XP.





Hope there's more to shout about in Windows 7 - people really respond well to tech that not only looks nice, but which is more interactive, responsive and offers increased levels of fun. Apple's various User Interfaces still set the standard here. And Vista for me, just seems to suck up lots of extra horse-power, storage & memory, without really giving enough compelling reasons to appreciate it or it's bigger footprint.

cactus

April 15, 2009, 7:23 pm

Vista has suffered badly from the problems that haunted it when it was first released, and has never really managed to recover, as we can see. Seven needs a smooth realease to get it going, and i think we will then find many XP users making a 'leap' over vista to Seven, but it will take a long while for XP to die out.





I've been using vista since its release, and fell as if lots of people will be missing out on it, since it is a lot better than the media and press have made it sound. Windows Seven needs to go well for MS's sake, as 2 large OS problems in a row will not go down well at all.

needlegun

April 15, 2009, 8:15 pm

"I can't imagine many IT managers holding onto their jobs for very long, by recommending that the existing corporate PC fleet is upgraded (is that the right term?) to Vista"





Unfortunately, IT managers in some (large) government departments haven't taken heed. It's nice to know our tax pounds are being squandered so effectively.

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