Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2006 12:45 UTC
Windows "Microsoft set out to adopt a formal and rigid support lifecycle in 2002, back at a time when most analysts were expecting to see Windows Vista within a couple of years. My own point of view was that this lifecycle business had a lot to do with Microsoft's then-new volume licensing scheme, which among other things is oriented towards selling software subscriptions. If you're buying a subscription for software, you can see how lifecycle plans become important. However, delays in Windows Vista coupled with a questionable approach to 'consumer' products means that 2007 will carry a few surprises unless policy changes are made at Redmond."
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...their geek friend install a FCKGW for them?

If XP Home stops being supported (no security updates) and the average Joe Computer User finds out that there is another Windows XP identical to his but one that is still supported how much guilt do you honestly think they're going to feel asking the local computer geek to install it for them? What's worse for Micrisft here (not that *we* care but still...) is the fact that these people won't be feeling any guilt whatsoever in installing a VLK XP Pro over their Home installation--they'll feel as if *they* were the ones being ripped off!

What I like though is the elephant in the room here--the specter of what happens come the end of official support and someone does a fresh install of their Windows XP Home...the big question is: After the end of 'Official Support' will Microsoft allow anyone to activate their Windows?

Or will theyyou get a message box error pop up advising you 'that this copy of Windows is no longer legal for use; please contact your local Microsoft retailer for a current release'?

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