Microsoft has decided to extend support for both Home and Media Center editions to match that of Windows XP Professional edition. Microsoft announcement here.

From what I can glean from other sources and information I have received, it seems that Microsoft feels that many households are using more than just one computer systems. That the old systems running Windows XP Home and Media Center editions, still have a few more years of life in them. And consumer feedback has attested to this fact as well as from other sources that Microsoft has received information from.

Color me surprised. Especially since the announcement comes right before the launch of Windows Vista.

Could this be the start of a kinder, gentler corporate presence?

Comments welcome.

[tags]microsoft, windows, xp, support, extended, home, media center, [/tags]