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Microsoft Ditches Support For Windows XP SP2

Software giant Microsoft has warned enterprise users of its Windows XP operating system Service Pack 2 to upgrade, as the company will cease to support the software after July.

Microsoft will be offering a break-fix scheme to Windows XP SP2 users, which offers low-level software support, though the company has stated that this will not be a long-term option.

Ian Moulster, Windows product manager for Microsoft UK, Vista and XP said: "They can move to XP SP3 or to a later version of Vista, or they can opt for Microsoft break-fix, which is a low-level support. That's not recommended as a long-term solution though."

Concerning the potential move to Windows 7, Moulster said (opens in new tab): "We've had lots of interest in Windows 7 from users, but some places might not quite be ready for it yet."

He added: “Some companies will think it's a good time to look at the move and see it as a time to segment the user base to see which users could benefit from VDI.”

VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, enables a number of users within an enterprise network to access centrally held server-based applications from separate machines, allowing each user to have a personalised desktop.