XP Support - Are you Feeling Lucky?
There has been a lot of speculation about what lengths Microsoft would go to push consumers and businesses alike over to its Vista brand. According to this article, business users don't have that much to be scared of.
It looks like corporate support for Windows XP Pro should extend well into 2014 for businesses. Home users aren't so lucky though. It appears that support for XP Home and XP Media Center could end as early as 2009. That's not a lot of time, for the most vulnerable users to have to feel the pressure to upgrade their OS. What this will more realistically create is a whole throng of users that will lack OS updates, and will be forced to either ignorantly plunge ahead vulnerable, or add a few dollars to Bill Gates money vault he swims in every day.