I suppose Microsoft is just supplying an answer to a thorny problem, but it smacks a bit of the local thugs getting protection money from the liquor store. Windows XP support is going away next year (as my little counter on this site shows). This means Microsoft will no longer supply security updates and so on for the ancient OS, probably leading to horrible security issues for those who continue to use it in an Internet-connected environment. Unless, that is, you happen to a company running something really old and/or really important on some XP computers and can't upgrade yet for whatever reason - then for a couple of Benjamins per XP installation, Microsoft will extend support for "critical" vulnerabilities. Support for "important" issues may be available at an additional cost.