Is Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP?

Internet ExplorerQuestion:

I read an article this week in which the author suggested people avoid Vista until the new versions comes out this summer. This writer went on to suggest that Microsoft might discontinue support to the XP program. Have you heard about this?

Answer

It is true that Microsoft will drop mainstream support on April 14, 2009, but they will continue providing software updates until April 8, 2014. This extended support recently ended for Windows 98 – that is when it became much less desireable to use Windows 98. But there are still several years left to go for Windows XP. Here is are the official scoop from Microsoft for Windows XP Pro. The dates are identical for Windows XP Home.

Products Released: Windows XP Professional
General Availability Date: 12/31/2001
Mainstream Support Retired: 4/14/2009
Extended Support Retired: 4/8/2014

This information is found at this Microsoft page.

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Dan grew up in New York State, and graduated from Queensbury High School in 1980. He received his bachelor's in computer science at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1984. He was a computer programmer at several insurance companies, and worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred for ten years. In July of 2002 after 18 years of programming, Dan founded Iowa PC Services, Inc. as a one-man computer repair business. He is an active member at the Grandview Church of Christ in Des Moines, and enjoys woodworking, walking, and grandchildren. Dan and his lovely wife, Donna, have two grown children and four grandchildren.