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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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RE: Just a thought
By Natfly on 4/3/2008 3:39:11 PM , Rating: 4
It'd be nice if they would strip down Vista and make a mobile version instead of continuing to drag XP along. It doesn't need all the flashy stuff. Just the ability to use Vista's drivers, updates, etc.

RE: Just a thought
By judasmachine on 4/3/2008 3:47:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I realized that after I typed it...

It just makes sense to me to make a very low end OS out of the current stuff.

RE: Just a thought
By imperator3733 on 4/3/2008 4:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that's what they should really do. Cut out everything that isn't needed and won't run on one of these computer -- MovieMaker, DVD Maker, Aero, etc. If they put a lot of people on it, they could probably cut Vista down enough, but then Win7 would probably be out. Too bad they hadn't made a cut down version of Vista sooner.

RE: Just a thought
By therealnickdanger on 4/3/2008 4:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
That's really what Vista Basic is - function and no flash, but Microsoft just needs to learn what the definition of "basic" truly is and strip it down more. When in doubt, vLite. VistaUlt in under 2GB never looked so good...

RE: Just a thought
By JoshuaBuss on 4/4/2008 1:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
why exactly is vista so huge? what takes all that space? Drivers?

RE: Just a thought
By i3arracuda on 4/4/2008 1:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
why exactly is vista so huge?

Probably all those resources it eats. Vista's diet could probably stand to mix in a salad or two, every once in awhile.

RE: Just a thought
By thartist on 4/4/2008 2:15:41 PM , Rating: 3
Oriental languages are up to 2 GBs. Try removing them with vLite. The rest is just functionality that covers every possible user's needs even if you may not use it(not bloat) or just crap (bloat this time).
Remember vLite is not half as mature as nLite (for XP) yet.

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