While Microsoft is keen for us to move to Windows Vista, we've got other ideas. With a brand-new service pack and a slew of useful add-ons XP works better than ever. Here are 50 tools that can extend XP's useful working life still further.
There's one more factor that might stretch out the life of XP a bit: XP SP3. Last autumn Forrester Research analyst Benjamin Gray observed that big corporate customers are still looking forward to XP SP3. Gray predicted that Microsoft would extend mainstream support for this updated version of XP past April 2009, in response
to pressure from the enterprise market.
If you're clinging to Windows XP because of SP3's stability and compatibility improvements, or just because you're happy and see no reason to change, then
the product lifecycle guidelines are your friend. The combination of mainstream
and extended support will give you several years of protection.
And even if you find in a couple of years that you can't get an XP version of some upgraded application, extended support means your XP machine still has some life expectancy – you won't have to throw it away just because it's become a malware magnet.
But if you're holding on to XP because you're fed up with Microsoft – or your PC simply won't run Vista – then you're only buying time. Whether you love Vista or hate it, merely tolerate XP or won't give it up until it's pried from your cold, dead fingers, time is running out.
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