Windows XP Reloaded
Fire and Motion revisited: http://news.com.com/2102-1016_3-5165966.html?tag=st.util.print
your address is never revealed
That's no more than a natural result of their policy on lifetimes for products which is now 6 years. So 6 years after the first release of XP they'll stop supporting it.
You'd be lucky to find a car with a 6 year warranty (other than the import cars you're already weary of i.e. Kia, Hyundai - who have no choice but to do this in order to get you to buy their cars.) This is not to say you shouldn't be able to pay for an extension, but without large numbers of companies asking/paying for this - it doesn't make much sense for Microsoft or any other company.
I'm not sure if software qualifies, but for hardware there are laws about having to support the product for a number of years.
Nobody really cares about losing phone support. It is the question of security patches.
My roommate already has Windows XP reloaded — I think he's on the fourth "reload" in as many months. ;-)
Fog Creek Home