Death Watch: Microsoft to Kill Windows XP In Two Years

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The end is near.

That was the message from Microsoft as it reminded consumers that its support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. According to Microsoft marketing director Stella Chernyak that means the software giant will nix security updates, non-security hot-fixes and technical support after that date. So let the countdown begin. You now have less than two years to get your affairs in order and hightail it to more current software.

Chernyak commented in a blog post that "Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases in their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people's needs and expectations."

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This should come as no surprise, since the announcement is consistent with Microsoft's 2002 support lifestyle policy that offers a minimum of 10 years of support (at least five years of mainstream support and five additional years of extended support). But there's a large amount of users still using XP up to SP3, and not everyone will be happy about having to upgrade. Enterprise deployment can take anywhere between 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment, so those who want to stick with Windows and Office should begin planning, well, now.

The company recommends switching to Windows 7 and Office 2010 rather than waiting for Windows 8. Microsoft wants to facilitate that migration and is thus offering a free download of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. It will assist with new deployments of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Office products.

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  • Tom Says:

    You are all idiots for being on an antique operating system anyways when you have a choice. Shame on Doug Glass for encouraging it. Get with it, y'all, technology has no room for luddites.

  • Jackie Says:

    Who cares. I hate updates.

  • Mike Says:

    Wilf. Of course people will still be able to use Windows XP but Microsoft will stop the process of creation the security updates.

  • Wilf Staton Says:

    I guess this just means that Windows XP support will cease. People can still continue using it after this date.

  • Rob Barnett Says:

    Well, as long as we are fixing things, you might want to correct "Microsoft’s 2002 support lifestyle policy" to read "Microsoft’s 2002 support lifecycle policy".

  • Anna Attkisson, LAPTOP Managing Editor Says:

    John - Thank you for alerting us to this error. It has now been corrected.

  • Anna Attkisson, LAPTOP Managing Editor Says:

    Sponge - Thank you for bringing our error to light. This has now been corrected in the story.

  • Anna Attkisson, LAPTOP Managing Editor Says:

    Nick -
    You are absolutely correct. This error has now been corrected.

  • Nick Rundle Says:

    The comment at the end of the article about Microsoft "offering a free download of Windows 7 and Office 2010" is not true. What Microsoft IS offering for free download is the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

    "Use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to accelerate and automate deployments of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Office products."

  • Doug Glass Says:

    This is pure FUD mongering: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. When you buy a Microsoft license, you do so "in perpetuity". That means you can legally use the license for as long as your want.

    Windows XP is losing MS support ... that's all. Did you know you can still download updates for Office 2000 and Windows 95/98? MS makes it a bit hard to find, but it's all there.

    If you have a working XP system and you like it you can just keep on keeping on. There's nothing to stop you, XP is not suddenly going to cease to work (well not because of support or licensing) and that's the way it really is.

    If you bought a retain version of XP and still have the CD, you can continue to install it on machine after machine until the sun goes cold. Of course you need to follow license provisions at to number of machines you can install it on simultaneously, but one machine after another until the end of time if you wish.

    If you're a hardcore security type, you can download for free ALL the XP updates and patches and fixes form here:

    MS even offer a free .iso file each monthly with all updates of all varieties. Download 'em and keep 'em safe and you're good to go until your too old to computer any longer.

  • Sponge Says:

    So...where is the free copy of Win7 and Office2010?

    This was a misleading press release, so unless you have free copies of Windows 7 and Office 2010 to hand out, I'm going to recirculate this lie, complete with links and source.

    The good news is, nobody really wants either, especially in the enterprise environment.

  • John Says:

    Please correct the article above.

    Microsoft is allowing for the download of the following software:

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
    Use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to accelerate and automate deployments of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Office products.

    This is not a full version of Windows 7 or Office 2010 as your article implies. The information provided in this article is factually incorrect and needs to be addressed.

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