Last month I mentioned that I had heard that Microsoft was dropping Windows XP and that their product support would also be dropped in April of 2009. A lot of people told me I was full of it and that even if they dropped XP they would support it for 10 years... guess again. Support will end this April. If you don't wish to take my word for it take this link to Microsoft's website and read it for yourself. Please note they use the day/month/year format which is confusing at first glance. http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&x=16&y=12&C2=1173
I did purchase a copy of XP in December in case the rumors were true. I wanted to be sure I would have an operating system for some of my older equipment as I believe the Vista hardware/software/memory demands can not be met by mt old PII and PIII machines. You may wish to do the same if you have some older equipment around.