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Microsoft caves to customer, vendor pressure for extended sales of Windows XP

DailyTech reported earlier this week that Microsoft was in a bit of a bind concerning the end-of-sale date for Windows XP. The company originally planned to suspend the sale of Windows XP on January 31, 2008, but later extended the date to June 30, 2008.

The funeral for Windows XP shouldn't have caused too much of a rift in the space-time continuum considering that Windows Vista is currently available to fill its shoes, but things haven't gone over so swiftly. The planned funeral for Windows XP has been confounded by two issues, 1) the rise of low-cost notebooks which are taking advantage of Linux-based operating systems and 2) the fact that Windows Vista is too resource hungry to run with respectable performance on such machines.

We first heard word that Microsoft would reconsider its decision to kill off Windows XP shortly after our original article went live on Monday and the Redmond-based company confirmed that decision earlier today.

Microsoft will now make Windows XP Home available for what it calls ultra-low-cost PCs (ULPCs) until June 30, 2010 or one year after the release of the next version of Windows; whichever is later. Microsoft goes on to state that it "Heard from partners and customers that they want Windows broadly available for this new class of devices, because they want the familiarity, compatibility and support only available on the Windows platform."

Microsoft also acknowledged that Windows XP makes more sense than Windows Vista for these machines adding, "While Windows Vista provides many benefits, including an easier and more secure user experience, Windows XP Home provides an effective solution on these devices from a performance and cost perspective."

Consumers should be glad to hear that the flood of new, low-cost notebooks from Intel, ASUS, ECS, and Everex will continue to be available with Windows XP for the next two years. Microsoft can also rest assured that it won't be missing out on a growing, lucrative segment of the PC market.

For those that are looking to see other versions of Windows extended beyond the June 30, 2008 date, you're out of luck. Only XP Home will get a reprieve from Microsoft.

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What about support and service packs?
By m0mentary on 4/3/2008 3:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Its nice that Xp will continue to be sold till 2010, but can owners of EEPC and others expect Windows XP updates and support past that date?

RE: What about support and service packs?
By SectionEight on 4/3/2008 4:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
Unlikely since 2 subsequent versions will have been released. And how much updating is your $300 UMPC going to need in two years anyways?

By cokbun on 4/3/2008 9:33:45 PM , Rating: 1
the only appeal that vista have is directx 10. Everything else is just bullcrap

By wallijonn on 4/4/2008 12:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
how much updating is your $300 UMPC going to need in two years anyways?

Probably about 100 to 200 security updates; the same number as from SP1 to SP2 or from SP2 to SP3.

By joemoedee on 4/4/2008 7:02:43 AM , Rating: 2
Its nice that Xp will continue to be sold till 2010, but can owners of EEPC and others expect Windows XP updates and support past that date?

The extended support period offered by MS is 5 years after the software is officially EOL'd. (ie: Windows 2000 is currently in that phase until 2010)

Currently MS's Product Lifecycle lists extended support ending for XP as 4/8/2014, with Mainstream support ending 4/14/2009. With this extra year of sales, I expect that it will be extended to 2015.

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