Information Week is reporting that Microsoft has recently pledged to continue to support Windows XP through 2014. It appears that MS had hoped users and companies would have moved to Vista by now. But, Vista has not performed as well as they had hoped.
Maybe Bill Gates' answer to the question, "What one product do you wish you could have polished more?" had something to do with this decision. He's obviously referring to the lackluster performance and acceptance of Vista.
As an example, this past Christmas, my niece was given a brand new Vista laptop. Now, six months later, it's no longer able to connect to the family's wireless router. The cause could be anything from hardware failure to a bad router. However, given Windows' track record, my guess is spyware and viruses are causing the connectivity problems. Mainly because, Windows, in general, isn't very secure.
If you want to get rid of these kinds of problems, the solution is quite simple. Get Linux.
Linux gives you safe, secure, and stable computing. With Linux, there's no Windows viruses, spyware or Trojans. Plus, you'll be involved in a wonderful community of other Linux users who can help you discover the full power of this open source operating system.
You can try Ubuntu, Freespire, Linspire, or my favorite Kiowa Linux. (You can additional information on Kiowa at their user forums.)
Get Linux and get rid of Windows problems.