As of this past Sunday, all support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end in two years. We all knew that was coming but with Windows 8 on the horizon, it seems that Vista is next on the chopping block. Starting today, Mainstream support for Windows Vista and Office 2007 will end.
Now, before you start freaking out, you need to know that any support for Vista and Office 2007 will end in April of 2017. Microsoft divides their support groups into two stages: “Mainstream” and “Extended”. Mainstream support gives you a full range of security fixes, stability improvements, bug fixes and the occasional new feature, according to Ars Technica.
The Extended support only offers free security updates, though if you have paid support contracts, you can receive various other fixes. So starting tomorrow, Vista and Office 2003 will be in “Extended”. What people should be concerned about is the end of all support for Windows XP and Office 2003, but if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 7 or Office 2007, you are only doing yourself a disservice.