you may not have checked into the policy for home software:
And, moreover, you may not realize that while Windows XP Professional is business software, Windows XP Home is home software with end of mainstream support scheduled for 12/31/2006.
Aside from folks using XP Home for effectively business purposes, I’d guess a whole lot of “home users” aren’t going to be real pleased to find out all security fixes for their XP Home machines end at the end of the year. Fisher’s take:
I urge Microsoft to reconsider this stance. There should be considerably more overlap in support for their consumer OS. While five years of support for XP Home may have seemed reasonable when it was expected that there would be little more than three years between major OS updates, the time it has taken to bake Windows Vista has thrown this out entirely. If Vista launches in October, it would give users a mere two months to move to the OS, or risk being unsupported.
I suspect that Microsoft will grant a stay of execution for Windows XP Home, because the alternative is to create a PR nightmare that would also leave customers fuming.
The right answer is likely to treat all PC operating systems as “business” software, but the ball is in Microsoft’s court.
Update: In case you were wondering, although XP Media Center is a superset of XP Professional, it is considered as home software and support expires at the end of the year like XP Home. However, XP Tablet PC edition is classified as business software like XP Pro.