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Taking into consideration customer and partner requests, Microsoft will sell Windows XP for another 5 months

In a recent press release Microsoft announced it will extend sales of its Windows XP operating system to OEMs and retail channels for five months over the initial end date, through June 30, 2008. The move comes after a great amount of feedback from customers and partners regarding the original end-of-sale date of January 31, 2008.

Mike Nash, the corporate vice president of Windows Product Management, stated, "While we’ve been pleased with the positive response we’ve seen and heard from customers using Windows Vista, there are some customers who need a little more time to make the switch to Windows Vista."

Nash went on to say that Microsoft's original policy of a four-year availability of operating systems to OEM and retail channels had been established in 2002. However, due to the delays in the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft felt that offering Windows XP for sale for an additional five months would make more sense.

When asked about what Microsoft was hearing in terms of feedback from customers regarding Windows Vista Nash stated, "With more than 60 million licenses sold as of this summer, Windows Vista is on track to be the fastest-selling operating system in Microsoft’s history."

Microsoft's Nash feels that the strong sales thus far are due to the doubling of sales of pre-built desktop and laptop computers bundled with Windows Vista as the primary OS. However, recently Microsoft also decided to offer OEMs theoption to let customers downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP.

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What difference does it make
By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 9/28/2007 12:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
Whether you buy XP or Vista, Microsoft is still the one making profit.

Slow sales of Vista may hurt their Ego, but it doesn't hurt their bottom line.

RE: What difference does it make
By Quiescent on 9/28/2007 3:22:39 PM , Rating: 3
I actually found that people were switching to Apple products because they said that it is too confusing for them to know which OS to get. I mean XP has been mainstream for a long time, but because of Vista, people are switching to an even worse situation for themselves.

By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 9/28/2007 3:42:43 PM , Rating: 2
I really doubt there are signifigant numbers switching to apple. its impractical except for the retail consumer that is buying a computer for household use.

That isn't a bash against apple products

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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