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Microsoft to drop Windows Vista, Office 2007 mainstream support, XP's head arrives on the chopping block in two years time

Microsoft to drop mainstream support for Windows Vista, Office 2007 shortly, XP gets cut in two year

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm CDT (0 mins, 41 secs reading time)

We all knew this day was coming, mainstream support for Windows Vista will end on April 10 with Office 2007 receiving the same fate today. Windows XP and Office 2003 will enjoy another two years before being cut.

Microsoft to drop Windows Vista, Office 2007 mainstream support, XP's head arrives on the chopping block in two years time | TweakTown.com

Microsoft divides its support lifecycle in two stages: "Mainstream" and "Extended". Within Mainstream, software receives the full range of free security updates, stability improvements, bug fixes, and occasional new features. Within the Extended phase, only security updates are made available, though companies with paid support contracts can receive other fixes.

Currently, Windows XP and Office 2003 are in their "Extended" support phase, which ends in 2014. Once this hits, they'll cease receiving even security updates, leaving anyone still running that software open to whatever malware the Internet throws upon them. Windows Vista and Office 2007 will be in Extended support from now until April 2017.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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