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Microsoft: we’re pulling the plug on Windows XP in 3 years

Posted at 12 July 2011 00:07 CEST by Justin_Massoud

Microsoft didn’t exactly chime the death knell for Windows XP, but it did etch an expiration date onto the popular software’s tombstone this week. By Spring 2014 the aged platform will see support dry up as the company shifts completely to Windows 7 and plots future iterations.

“As of today, customers have 1,000 days until support for Windows XP ends,” wrote Erwin Visser, the Windows Commercial Marketing Team’s Senior Director, at the Windows Blog on Monday. “Windows XP served us well, but in the 10 years since it launched, the world has changed. It’s time to retire Windows XP and move to Windows 7 to take advantage of the last decade of innovation in areas such as security, performance and more natural, intuitive interface.”

Visser, who announced the impending changes during Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, said that helping customers make the leap from XP to Windows 7 was “necessary.”

Microsoft, which launched Internet Explorer 9 earlier this year, touted that 400 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold since its release in 2009 – lending credence to its decision to end support for the decade-old XP. Of course, there’s still a big difference between that admittedly huge number and the installed XP base. Visser promises Microsoft will do all it can to help stubborn users make the transition.

“One way users can stay updated on the latest version of Windows is through Windows Intune, our cloud-based PC management and security service that includes the benefit of upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise as well as future versions of Windows,” he said, adding that the company is now accepting beta applications for the next model of Intune set for release “later this year.”

As for the upcoming Windows 8, PCMag quoted Steve Balmer, Microsoft CEO, as calling it “a true re-imagining” for the platform. Some believe an official release date reveal for Windows 8 is right around the corner and that it could be up and running on PCs by the end of the year.

Will you be installing Windows 7 soon, or riding XP into the 2014 sunset? Let us know in the comment section.

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AIRBUD7
MyCE Member
Posted on: 12 Jul 11 00:41
    I loved Windows XP, I learned a lot of computer skills from it...Glad to see support for 3 more years...However...IMO...Windows 7 is even Better.
    Blu-rayFreak
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 12 Jul 11 03:35
      I think this is going to piss off the many users who don't see it as worth their money to buy a Windows 7 license. Definitely a way for Microsoft to up their profits though...
      Zod
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 12 Jul 11 16:24
        How many other companies support a product 13-14 years after its been released.

        I think XP was probably the best OS microsoft ever released. I use it up to 2 years ago. It was probably the longest I've ever used an OS. Microsoft should be proud.

        But XP is getting old. I don't think the forced migration to Win7 is a bad thing.

        I also think 13-14 years is a pretty reasonable length of time to support a product. Since they don't sell it anymore, you can see why they wouldn't support it indefinately.
        RichMan
        CD Freaks Expert
        Posted on: 12 Jul 11 16:43
          It's not like the OS will quit working just because MS stops supporting it. People will be able to use it as long as they wish. It's not a forced migration the way I see it.

          XP does what I need. I don't allow auto updates. I did upgrade to SP3 but didn't really need to do so.
          cholla
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 12 Jul 11 17:07
            Although I rarely use it I have Windows 98SE on the slave HDD in an older computer . It will still boot & works fine. The same computer has XP pro as its' main OS & will probably stay that way.
            My main computer has Vista. I've tweaked it a lot & I have few problems with it.
            It is slow on start up , when running it does have the BR & DRM checks that are built in & run constantly. Good to know that the movie industry gets free use of my processor. I guess I should send a bill to the MPAA .
            The reason I brought Vista up is it seems MS just skips right to 7 without a mention of Vista.
            bean55
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 12 Jul 11 17:14
              Why mention a mess.
              They screwed up how they released Vista and they know it.

              I really don't think Vista is that bad now, but when it came out it was crap.
              cholla
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 12 Jul 11 17:32
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by bean55
                Why mention a mess.
                They screwed up how they released Vista and they know it.

                I really don't think Vista is that bad now, but when it came out it was crap.
                If you don't put a lot of time & work on it Vista still is crap .
                I think MS will pull the plug sooner on Vista than it did most of its' OS's.
                MS is already trying to sweep it under the rug .
                Kind of like Windows ME or Millineum . I went back to 98SE from ME but I kept ME's ability to recognize USB & auto install drivers for most of it.
                Grim107
                MyCE Member
                Posted on: 12 Jul 11 17:37
                  I currently use XP and ONLY XP. I had enough experience using my school's computers to know that I hate 7. I'm tired of Microsoft trying to modernize the look and feel of their OS's for the sake of attracting customers who know nothing about computers.

                  I've actually only been using XP since about 2005. Before that, my primary computer was running WIN98SE, though I also had an ME. I learned how to do everything I know using XP, and it's definitely been the best system I've used. I don't want to have to become accustomed to different layouts and looks. Notice that from Win95 to XP, the layout never changed to drastically. Then, Vista hit, and they've been changing it up ever since.

                  I'm running old computers with small amounts of RAM, but they run fine because I'm using XP. Sure, I may need to reformat every few years, but it's still worth it. It takes a few hours to reformat, and then I have a brand new computer.

                  I don't believe someone can honestly claim that no one is forcing me to switch. It's like if I tried using Win98 or ME to handle everything I do on a computer. They don't receive any security updates. Few virus protection programs work on them. Virtually no software is being written to work with them. The list goes on...
                  bean55
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 12 Jul 11 17:49
                    Not sure how someone could hate 7 but to each there own.

                    Win 7 is really stable and comfortable at the same time with a little time put in to learn it.

                    But news is already coming out that they are going to want to shove 8 down our throats when they release it.
                    mciahel
                    Senior Moderator
                    Posted on: 12 Jul 11 20:55
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by Justin_Massoud
                      Microsoft didn't exactly chime the death knell for Windows XP, but it did etch an expiration date onto the popular software's tombstone this week.
                      No they did not. The expiration of the extended support in spring 2014 has been published on MS website long time ago.
                      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ucts/lifecycle "Last updated: February 2011"
                      And this one is much older: http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=3223

                      And a few other dates:
                      Vista Ultimate: exp. 4/10/2012 http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=11734
                      More interesting:
                      For the consumer versions of Win7 (that includes the pricey Ultimate) support ends on 1/13/2015 (http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=14498)
                      For the business oriented versions (Professional and Enterprise), MS adds extended support which ends on 1/14/2020 (http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=14481)

                      Michael
                      Im a PC
                      MyCE Junior Member
                      Posted on: 12 Jul 11 22:04
                        It's about time.

                        Vista had its issues, but so did XP when it launched. In fact, I'd say that XP was just as big of a turd until SP2 was released.
                        Anton P. Enus
                        New Member
                        Posted on: 13 Jul 11 06:56
                          Grim107 - not sure how you could hate Wn7? I agree XP was largely excellent for its time, but Win7 does surpasses XP for performance, no compatibility issues that I've come across and everything looks fresh, far easier on the eye.
                          BradWright
                          MyCE Member
                          Posted on: 13 Jul 11 17:51
                            Quote:
                            Originally Posted by RichMan
                            It's not like the OS will quit working just because MS stops supporting it. People will be able to use it as long as they wish. It's not a forced migration the way I see it. XP does what I need. I don't allow auto updates. I did upgrade to SP3 but didn't really need to do so.
                            You're exactly right, people can use XP as long as they want. Apparently there is still a very large number still using Windows 98, and they must be doing OK with it. As far as the Microsoft support goes, I don't think most people keep their computers current with patches and updates anyway.
                            RTV71
                            MyCE Member
                            Posted on: 13 Jul 11 20:25
                              XP and Win98SE work better in a VM than Vista or Win7. Less overhead.
                              Grim107
                              MyCE Member
                              Posted on: 13 Jul 11 22:57
                                Quote:
                                Originally Posted by RTV71
                                XP and Win98SE work better in a VM than Vista or Win7. Less overhead.
                                Hell, WinME very well may be better than Vista ! Actually, in all honesty, as much as WinMe sucked, I've never had a computer that booted up so quickly. Sure it had a lot of Blue Screens, but they usually disappeared when I pressed the Esc key. When they didn't, I had my computer fully rebooted in about 30 seconds.

                                I admit that I still occasionally use it for nostalgia purposes.
                                Dartman
                                MyCE Resident
                                Posted on: 15 Jul 11 06:24
                                  Used XP for years from the first release up, Saw the beta of win7 and jumped right in, great OS and seem to be as stable and fast as XP was when it was right. Running 64 bit version now and it still works great and so far almost all of my older 32 bit stuff still works fine and fast so pretty happy with it. I skipped Vista as it just seemed to be a slow mess when it came out.
                                  I do get a occasional BSOD or like that but it just seems to pick right up after a reboot and continue to work without issues, plus it doesn't do them very often.
                                  With all the crap and newer multi core CPU's we all run I'm not surprised and am still quite pleased with it
                                  Mr. Belvedere
                                  MyCE Resident
                                  Posted on: 15 Jul 11 09:34
                                    While i don't like the incredible amount of graphical resources that Windows 7 uses (especially on Pentium 4 machines), i must say that in general Windows 7 is a pretty good operating system.

                                    I would really like to see a Service Pack 4 for Windows XP. The amount of (security) updates after Service Packe 3 is well over 100 now and it gets kinda bloated because of all the stupid extra stuff like .NET, Visual C and other stuff you probably only need for a few of your applications.

                                    Yes, i run Windows 7 on Pentium 4 machines. Works pretty good if you can find stable Vista drivers.
                                    tmc8080
                                    MyCE Resident
                                    Posted on: 19 Jul 11 00:33
                                      In 3 years (was 5 years in 2009) it might be out with Windows 7 and in with Android O/S verison 5(.2014) if video card makers just join the revolution... microsoft is screwed!
                                      AllanDeGroot
                                      MyCE Resident
                                      Posted on: 19 Jul 11 02:20
                                        Quote:
                                        Originally Posted by Grim107
                                        I currently use XP and ONLY XP. I had enough experience using my school's computers to know that I hate 7. I'm tired of Microsoft trying to modernize the look and feel of their OS's for the sake of attracting customers who know nothing about computers.
                                        Frankly, that's better than Apple selling computers who *think* (*FALSELY)
                                        that they are computer literate, and selling "new" OS's that are basically the equivelent of Microsoft Service Packs.(which Microsoft gives away.)

                                        XP will DIE for the same reason 98 and Win2k "died"

                                        When Website designers drop support for the older browsers that will still run on XP.

                                        Win2000 became unuseable when you couldn't watch YouTube videos any more.

                                        Think again if you believe that when You Tube drops support for IE8 that all but the last few holdouts (like japanese infantrymen on various pacific islands after WW2) will not drop XP like a rotting potato?

                                        Microsoft may "Drop support for it" like they dropped support for Win2k and Win98, but it won't live long enough for Microsoft's "drop date"
                                        to be anything other than a Ho-Hum date when it finally arrives.

                                        I have already migrated away from XP on all but three systems.
                                        ONE of those is an older Fujitsu tablet that frankly I use to play solitare and as an oversized iPod touch with WMP11 and 12,000 mp3's
                                        on a 120gb drive... the other two systems? one is going to be scrapped
                                        the other given away.

                                        Vista may not be wonderful, but it's upgradeable to IE9.
                                        (I don't like Firefox)

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                                        Grim107
                                        MyCE Member
                                        Posted on: 19 Jul 11 03:34
                                          Quote:
                                          Originally Posted by AllanDeGroot
                                          Frankly, that's better than Apple selling computers who *think* (*FALSELY)
                                          that they are computer literate, and selling "new" OS's that are basically the equivelent of Microsoft Service Packs.(which Microsoft gives away.)
                                          Don't get me started on Apple. They're just crooks, and honestly, I don't feel that Apple compares in any way to Microsoft. I'm so sick of people buying Macs for the Apple brand name.

                                          Quote:
                                          Originally Posted by AllanDeGroot
                                          Vista may not be wonderful, but it's upgradeable to IE9.
                                          (I don't like Firefox)
                                          I hate Internet Explorer. Firefox isn't bad, but I've been using Chrome for the last few years. I'm far happier with it than I ever was with either IE or Firefox.

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