Microsoft has extended its support for the consumer versions of its operating systems, including Windows Vista and Windows 7 with almost no fanfare.
Usually, the consumer versions of Windows operating systems get only five years of support, whereas the business versions get an additional five years of extended support. As per the guidelines, the consumer support for Windows Vista was supposed to end on 10 April, 2012.
On visiting the Microsoft Support Lifecycle home page and searching for a product family, you will get new results for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that include Extended Support end dates for consumer versions of both the products. With this extended support, Microsoft has definitely signaled that it is serious about its 10-year support commitment for Windows.
A Windows 7 user from the U.S. would not find any official announcement from Microsoft, but Microsoft Japan has published an announcement confirming this change. The English-language translation (courtesy Microsoft’s own web translating service) captures this message in a slightly-fractured syntax.