Ed Bott at ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft is extending by five years the consumer support for Windows 7 and Vista.
Consumer versions of Windows usually get five years of support, while business versions get an additional five years of extended support, Bott writes. That meant consumer support for Windows Vista was set to end on April 10 this year.
“This month, with almost no fanfare, Microsoft has revised its support policy for consumer versions of Windows so that they qualify for extended support as well,” Bott says.
Bott includes the official statement from Microsoft, which says it’s updating its Support Lifecycle policy for Windows desktop operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 in order to “provide a more consistent and predictable experience for customers using Microsoft Windows operating systems across OEM, consumer and business editions.”