Microsoft has warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 1a (SP1a) that its support for the products ends on Tuesday 10 October.
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The move, in line with the software giant’s support lifecycle policy, will also mean the end of security updates for these service packs. Microsoft urged users still running Windows XP SP1 or SP1a to upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 as soon as possible.
Last month the software giant revamped its Custom Support Agreement programme, which provides support for legacy products.
The changes – coming as Microsoft prepares to launch Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 – will give businesses more time to migrate to newer platforms, but users will still pay heavily for extended Custom Support coverage.