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Vista Gets 7 More years Support

People who are currently running Windows Vista and those who will buy Vista will get extended  more years of support from Microsoft. Generally speaking, “end of sales” is a term used to describe the deadlines when it will no longer be possible for customers to obtain a product through retailers, system builders or OEMs (such as Dell, Lenovo or Sony).  In this week’s announcement, the Windows team blog outlined specific rules that will govern the availability of Windows products in each of these channels.  Basically, the revised end of sales policy for Windows is based on when the next version of Windows will be available.  Once the new version is released, it will start an end of sales clock in each of the channels.  Retailers, for example, will be able to sellthe previous version of Windows for one year following the release of a new version.  For OEMs, that deadline is 2 years.

This means that after October 22, 2010, customers will not be able to obtain Windows Vista through their local retailer. If they get Windows from an OEM or system builder, they will have another year — until October 22, 2011 — to purchase Windows Vista. October 22nd 2010 also signifies when many downgrade facilitation rights expire through OEMs, though customers can continue to qualify for end user downgrade rights to Windows XP for as long as Windows 7 is sold if they purchase Ultimate or Professional-preinstalled Windows PCs,” Proudfoot added.

For Windows Vista, this means that the Mainstream Support phase will continue until April 10, 2012.  For the editions of Windows Vista that fall under our Business & Developer products policy, the Extended Support phase will continue through April 11, 2017.

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