Microsoft has officially announced the end of mainstream support for the least-popular Windows Vista operating system. On April 10, 2012, those running Windows Vista are urged to upgrade to a newer operating system unless they want to pay a fee for support.
Ending mainstream support basically means that there will be no free support for the operating system. Windows Vista will continue to be in “extended support” until April of 2017, but that is limited to free security patches. Those wishing for other updates and support will have to pay Microsoft a fee. Microsoft also reiterated today that Windows XP and Office 2003 will reach end of support in just two years. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially end support and recommends that users migrate to Windows 7 and Office 2010.