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Windows XP Professional Support ending after SW-2011?

Question asked by Tyler Wiens on Jun 28, 2011
Latest reply on Jun 28, 2011 by Tyler Wiens



In going over the release notes I found out that support for Solidworks on Windows XP Pro will be ending "at least one release following SolidWorks 2011" (See below)


Windows XP Retirement Announcement

Microsoft officially retired Windows® XP operating system in April of 2009. SolidWorks 2011 will continue to support Windows XP (32 and 64 bit versions) excluding operating systems related issues or fixes. This level of support will continue through at least one release following SolidWorks 2011. After that, in conjunction with Microsoft’s support policies, only Windows Vista® and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit versions) operating systems will be supported. The SolidWorks operating system support plan outlined above will also apply to the SolidWorks Simulation and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM product lines.



What I am wondering is what constitutes a "release"?  Does this mean that SW 2012 is the last one supported on Win XP....or does that mean 2011- SP#??  If anyone has any insight I would appreciate it.