Microsoft has extended the customer support for both Windows Vista and Windows 7 by five years, which means that Windows Vista will be supported until April 11, 2017 and Windows 7 will be supported until January 14, 2020.
Before the change Windows Vista, for example, was to be supported until April 12, 2012.
Some time ago Microsoft also extended the customer support for Windows XP users until April 8, 2014 or nearly 13 years since the OS debut in 2001.
The extended support means that users will get security updates for a longer period of time – 5 more years than previously announced.
Still, the extended support period does not mean that users will be able to purchase the OS until the end of support day. For example Windows XP will be supported until 2014 but the actual OS cannot be found in stores anymore.
Microsoft also reminds its clients that in order to get the latest security updates users must be running the latest service pack for their operating system.