'Mainstream' Support for XP Ends Today | Интернет-журнал "Корпоративные информационные системы"
will continue to offer limited 'extended' support until 2014.

ends so-called «mainstream» support for XP on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

After that date, the company will provide «extended» support for another five years until April 8, 2014. However, extended support only includes free security fixes along with paid per-incident support as well as support contracts.

«During the Extended support phase (NASDAQ: MSFT) will provide paid support (example: per-incident telephone/web support, Premier and Essential support, etc.) for all customers ... [Additionally,] non-security hotfixes will be available to Premier customers for a fee via the Extended Hotfix Support program,» a spokesperson told InternetNews.com in an e-mailed statement.

XP initially launched in late 2001. Since that time, has delivered three service packs (SP) for the aging, though much-embraced operating system. The most recent, Service Pack 3, shipped this time last year.

With the disappointment that many users — particularly IT shops — experienced regarding which shipped on January 30, 2007, users continued to buy new PCs with XP for as long as possible while they wait for 7.

Tuesday, then, is a pivotal day.

While it means the cutoff of mainstream support, however, customers will still be able to get XP as a downgrade from when buying a new PC. In addition, last week confirmed that users will be able to downgrade from 7, if they want.

However, the spokesperson also pointed out that users who purchased their PCs with XP pre-installed will need to get from their PC's maker.

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