Microsoft are encouraging users to upgrade to newer versions of Windows soon. In 2 years from now, XP will no longer be supported at all. Vista users can say goodbye to their OS support in 2017.
Extended Support End Dates for XP, Vista, 7
* Windows 7 will still be supported for another 8 years
- Extended support for XP ends: April 8, 2014
- Extended support for Vista ends: April 11, 2017
- Extended support for 7 ends: January 14, 2020
Still using Windows XP? Well, it’s time to switch: Microsoft is killing off support for the OS
Last October was ten years since Windows XP launched, and Microsoft encouraged users to upgrade to Windows 7. Unsurprisingly, some users didn’t as Windows XP continues to support a huge amount of apps and be practical for businesses. Last Sunday, Microsoft announced a two-year countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003. Microsoft is again making a push for users to upgrade.
Microsoft said on the blog post that 525 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold, so the support is there for businesses in particular to upgrade (though that was never in doubt, as users quickly moved on from Windows Vista.
Many users will question the point of upgrading, with Windows 8 launching this year. The Metro interface is going to substantially change how programs are built for Windows, and upgrading to Windows 7 would mean two upgrades instead of one.
Microsoft has said the end of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled has already passed for Windows XP – it was on October 22, 2010, so users still running the OS out are significantly out-of-date. For Windows Vista, it was last year: October 22, 2011. For Windows 7, not date has been announced. The package launched 2009, so a rough guess would suggest the end of sales date is going to be October 22, 2012/13. 2012 would seem a bit too soon though, as a Microsoft would basically be forcing people to upgrade in a short period of time.
However, Microsoft has also detailed when the company will stop supporting various operating systems (automatic updates, fixes or “technical assistance”). Windows XP will end April 8, 2014, Windows Vista April 11, 2017 and Windows 7 January 14, 2020. So for users with those operating systems installed, support will still be offered. Just make sure you don’t lose the copy of product.
Microsoft making big bet
It seems to me that Microsoft wants Windows 8 to appeal to both consumers, so they upgrade. Having a Desktop and Metro version of Windows 8 provides users with a familiar experience if that’s all they want.