xp should be supported for at least another 2 to 3 years after vista is released. They just recently dropped me and 98.
As of Oct 10 or something they are dropping support for xp sp1 or older. Sp2 will still be supported.
According to MS, support for Windows XP Home will be dropped 2 years after Windows Vista's retail release. Last I heard Windows XP Pro will be supported until at least 2011. As for Windows Media Center, I have no idea.
One other thing, Service Pack 3 for WinXP has been officially pushed back to 2008.
I read, I think on Anandtech, that they're pushing SP3 to next year or whatever to encourage people to move to Vista! SP3 for XP was suppose to be released this year!
This is why I'm in the process of moving to linux! A very very slow process!!!
Perhaps it's more of a priority to have people working on Vista so as to ensure any bugs in Vista are ironed out quickly. Personally I don't see XP as being desperately in need of another service pack quite yet. We all remember the problems that came with SP2 so I'd rather they take their time and do a good job of it rather than make a meal of it.
On its Windows Service Pack Road Map page, Microsoft has updated the expected date for Windows XP SP3 to the first half of 2008. This represents the latest in a string of delays. SP3 was originally stated for the second half of this year, which was then pushed back another year to the second half of 2007.
No official reason was provided to explain the recent delay, but a Microsoft official did explain back in January that the company's main focus is on shipping Windows Vista. Some may believe that the delay in SP3 release is an effort to encourage more users to upgrade to Microsoft's newer, more secure OS.
Microsoft is expected to complete Windows Vista and release to manufacturers on or around October 25, 2006.
I know what you're saying, I just figured MS had enough employees to work on both, that's all and I agree. But I still say that M$ needs to get their act together!
According to MS, support for Windows XP Home will be dropped 2 years after Windows Vista's retail release. Last I heard Windows XP Pro will be supported until at least 2011.
See, I saw this coming.
That's why when I built my new rig last year I used XP Pro.
Microsoft can screw over the home users, but they can't afford to anger the corporate customers.
My firm still had some Windows 95 machines running until a couple of years ago! Finally upgraded to Windows 2000 and our newest machines are running XP pro.