How long will Microsoft support XP, Vista, and Windows 7?Written by Ron on December 24, 2010 - 06:06PM @ronwinbeta
Are you interested in finding out just how long your favorite version of Windows is going to be supported by its maker, Microsoft?
<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-long-will-microsoft-support-xp-vista-... Bott's Microsoft Report</a> has an in depth look at just how long Microsoft plans on supporting Windows XP, Windows Vista, and/or Windows 7.
From what is reported, Microsoft will cease support for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 on April 10th of 2012. Windows 7 will no longer be supported on January 13, 2015.
But wait a minute, how does <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/lifecycle/archive/2010/06/17/top-10-questions... define the word "support"</a>?
<blockquote>Generally, the minimum bar for something to be considered supported is that we provide at least one type of assisted support option and no-charge security updates. This means that, at a minimum, the customer will have some avenue to contact Microsoft for assistance and Microsoft will continue to provide security updates through channels like Windows Update and the Download Center.</blockquote>
On an interesting note, Windows 7 will have extended support until the year 2020. This gives businesses an ease of mind knowing that migrating to Windows 7 wont be a waste of time or money. We will probably be at Windows 11 by then.