As reported by Ars Technica, the software giant has two stages for the support lifecycle of its products:

Mainstream: The product gets all sorts of updates, security, stability, fixes, and seldom features. Extended: The product only gets security updates and business have to pay for bug fixes.

This means that Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 are in the Extended lifecycle until the end of 2014. Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 on the other hand has just joined the Extended stage and their limited support are set to be terminated in early 2017. For more information, you can visit Microsoft’s lifecycle web page. [poll id=”30″] All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.