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Widows XP versions have life extended until 2014

Microsoft is extending support for the consumer editions for its Windows XP operating system for an extra five years, the company said last week.

The announcement means Microsoft will offer support for both Windows XP Home Edition and Media Center Edition until April 2014, matching the support policy provided for Windows XP Professional Edition for businesses.

The software giant said it was providing the "Extended Support" package because consumers were keeping computers for longer and rarely upgraded the PCs' operating system.

"Consumers are keeping their computers for longer periods of time," Ines Vargas, Microsoft's director of support policy, told InformationWeek. Microsoft said revenue was also another reason.