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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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By Screwballl on 4/3/2008 4:41:21 PM , Rating: 2
MS knows that Vista is its slowest selling OS. Yet thy continue their bogus FUD with comments like this:

We are very proud of the progress that we have made with Windows Vista over the last sixteen months. Since its launch, Windows Vista has become the fastest-selling operating system in Microsoft history, and more than 100 million Windows Vista licenses have been sold worldwide.

Yet if you look at the numbers, by percentage of systems on the market that have the latest OS on them, Vista is doing worse than any previous version of Windows. Most statistic sites based on visitation or other methods still show 10-15% of computers have Vista and 80% or more is XP. This is the slowest adoption rate of any MS OS to date by the general public or businesses.

What they do not tell you when they say they have sold 100 million units is that 20 million have been returned to the store and replaced by XP or another OS. I have spoken with accountants and district managers with several national based tech retailers and local computer shops, the number of returns of Vista based OS software or PCs with Vista is in excess of 15% of the sales for most companies. One local shop has seen 80% of new computers with Vista come back and asked to be replaced to have XP or linux.
Theres a reason why: IT SUCKS
From serious hardware requirements to buggy or non-existent drivers to software incompatibility, this has been the worst launch and first year of any Windows to date. XP had its share if bugs to start but it was nowhere near the level or depth of crap the Vista is buried under. People see this and many are refusing to even buy Vista if they have the choice.

No it is not "people are afraid of change", it is "people are afraid of spending money on crap".

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By Belard on 4/4/2008 12:36:15 PM , Rating: 1
LOL - I love the M$ quote: "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."

ah... how about that Vista is a POS OS that does nothing or little over XP.... Think WindowsME-2 - Remember, WindowsME was a bloated, crash city, stupid version of Windows98se... but with some "pretty" icons (looks somewhat like XP). It was SO bad - that many companies like Dell, HP, etc went back to Win98 until XP came out 1.5 years later!

How to get Vista working somewhat good: turn off eye candy, disable various security functions (cant turn off DRM) and whadda get? XP with a different skin loaded with DRM, nothing more.

I just setup a notebook for a client (since notebooks are pretty much stuck with Vista retail) - A fast Dual core CPU, ATi graphics, 3GB RAM... it runs respectable because of 3GB of RAM. But an old 2.0Ghz single core AMD system with 512mb I use from time to time will still boot up, shut down and open programs faster.

You know... if Microsoft was a bit smarter - they SHOULD continue to sell WinXP until WindowsXP-2 comes out... that way customers can still replace that Vista crap with a usable OS (15-25%) and M$ makes money selling a NEW PC with not one, but with two OS licence! (okay, $25~50 from Dell, $100 from retail). I still have an unopened WinXP-MCE (excellent) to use on my next upgrade in 2-3 months... Hopefully Windows7 will be good or Linux.

PS: How crappy is vista? An 65+ year old grandma's 2001 PC pretty much died (WinXP / Celeron 1.2 / 128mb(yep) / 20gbHD) but she only plays solitare, does maybe 1-2 word processing documents (WordPAD) and email (once every few day, 1-3 messages). Her new PC: Not best choice since it was 10mins to closing time at the only store: 3.4ghz Celeron, 512mb, 120GB HD - vista basic. I disabled everything I could. And yet IT WAS TOO SLOW FOR HER! I added 512mb of RAM And yet IT WAS TOO SLOW FOR HER! The PC would lock up, Solitare would crash - which is the most important program for her. She hated vista SOlitare because it required more mouse clicks to play. For 3 weeks, she complained about Vista. So she bought XP home ($100) I put it on her NEW XP and all her problems went away - never heard a complaint about it since then.

Vista blows.

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