Traditionally, individual consumers have enjoyed 5 years of Mainstream support for their Windows product, in which time they received major upgrades, bug fixes, security patches, and more. Businesses enjoyed this same Mainstream support, but also the Extended support which lasted for 5 more years and included only security updates.
Although Microsoft has not made a big deal out of the change, individual consumers will also enjoy the 10-year Extended support from now on, meaning support will end on November, 2017 for Vista users and on January, 2020 for Windows 7 users. As a result, support for Vista will not end later this year as it was meant to.
Support for Windows XP, however, is still planned to end on 2014, more than 10 years after the OS was first released.
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