As you may remember, a couple weeks ago, we ran an article in the newsletter that basically said Microsoft is cutting off Windows XP completely starting on June 30, 2008. I know most of you read that article, because I received tons of e-mails from all of you with comments, concerns and even some complaints. Unfortunately, there wasn't much I could say to console you, because I had the same feelings about the situation. But, after today, you may change your mind. Keep reading to find out why!
On April 3, 2008, Microsoft announced that they are going to prolong the life of XP for just a little while longer. Yep, you read that right! They are going to extend the license for the Windows XP Home version until at least June 30, 2010. That's a whole two more years! Now, there is a slight catch, but trust me, this is still good news. From here on out, Microsoft is only going to promote XP for ultra-low-cost personal computers (ULCPCs), which are now just starting to show up in the marketplace. So, basically, if you're looking into buying a new computer and you want XP, you may want to consider getting a ULCPC.
As for the rest of you, there's still good news! Microsoft also made the announcement that they are sticking to their word as far as technical support goes. They will continue to provide free mainstream support until April 2009 and if you have the extended support option, you will be covered until April 2014. I don't know about you, but that makes me feel quite a bit better! I know everything with XP happened pretty suddenly and it sometimes feels like Microsoft is pushing us into using Windows Vista, but now you can rest a little easier. Well, at least for the next couple of years. Enjoy it