You may recall the story last week that, because Windows XP Home was considered “home” as opposed to “business” software, Microsoft product support was scheduled to expire on 12/31/2006. Greg Keizer at TechWeb News has apparently been keeping an eye on the Microsoft Lifecycle pages and discovered that Microsoft Extends XP Home Support To ’08:
Microsoft has quietly extended the support lifespan of Windows XP Home, which as recently as last week was scheduled to be put out to pasture at the end of this year.
Analysts had pointed out that XP Home, and most other XP operating systems, would be cut off from technical support on Dec. 31, 2006, a potential problem since XP’s successor, Windows Vista, isn’t to release until shortly before that date
In an updated support lifecycle listing, Microsoft said that all Windows XP products–which include Home, Pro, Embedded, Media Center, and Tablet PC–will enjoy mainstream support for “two years after the next version of this product is released.”
Which with Vista scheduled to ship this year means 2008.
Actually the table still needs some work, but now all of the XP family carry the note that “mainstream support will end two years after the next version of this product is released.” The business versions (XP Professional and Tablet) also have the note that “extended support will end five years after mainstream support ends.” This is the standard policy for business software which has extended support (e.g. free security fixes) while home software does not.