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It seems that no matter what, Windows XP just won't die. Microsoft very quietly today extended support for both XP and Vista, and Windows 7 got a nice extension as well.

Ed Bott of ZD Net discovered a post on a Japanese Microsoft blog that talked about the extension of support for the last three iterations of the Windows operating system.  Using Microsoft's own translation service, this is what he found.

It's about the product support life cycle policy changes of the Windows client OS (2/2012)

Changed the lifecycle policy for extended support, Microsoft provides a consistent customer use Windows client operating system (OS) services. Will be applied the extended support for Windows 7, Windows Vista consumer products.

Available service packs for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 product currently supported this change's customers are subject to up to 10 years of security update provides will regardless of the Edition.

Support end date for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 are as follows:

Windows XP 4/8/2014

Windows Vista 4/11/2017

Windows 7 1/14/2020

Microsoft in the United States has also now confirmed this change, which comes a mere two months before support for Vista was due to expire. With Windows 8 due this year, it's fascinating to see Microsoft continuing support for these lengths of time. XP has already avoided the chopping block a few times due to the general unhappiness consumers expressed with Vista, but to see Windows 7 already getting support announcements that run through 2020 is just amazing.

Of note, however, you should not confuse this with sales support as XP and Vista are no longer available for purchase, this is merely how long Microsoft plans to keep updating these OSes and offering support.

[via ZD Net]