Windows XP

Microsoft is dropping support for their Windows XP operating system today (13 July 2010), though just a day earlier, the company has announced that users on Windows 7 can downgrade to the older OS till 2020.

According to Microsoft, initially, the end-user downgrade rights provided in the software license terms of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions preinstalled on a new PC allow user to downgrade to either Windows XP Professional or similar Windows Vista versions for 18 months, or until the availability of Windows 7 SP1, whichever came earlier.

But because business customers feedback that removing end-user downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional could be confusing, the software giant has extended the date of downgrade rights to Windows XP to that of Windows 7, which is in 2020.

The move would also help businesses to continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7 operating system.

Source: ComputerWorld, Windows Blog