New Delhi, Apr 8: Microsoft Corp, the internet giant announced its plan to withdraw support from its most popular operating system Windows XP by Apr 14. However the company will provide free security fixes for XP until 2014.
Consumer XP and Office 2003 will be shifted to an 'extended support' phase, which means the customers should pay for Microsoft help on a per-incident, per-hour or alternative basis. The XP users may need to enter into an extended support contract with Microsoft for any issue other than security.
Other than this Microsoft is also planning to stop assistance from Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. Mainstream support for Exchange Server 2003 Standard and Enterprise edition will also be ended.