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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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Waiting on the first SP...
By vortmax on 9/28/2007 1:04:23 PM , Rating: 2
Once SP1 for Vista comes out, many more will migrate over. Until then, they should still sell XP...




RE: Waiting on the first SP...
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/28/2007 1:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
Companies don't switch quickly, not the big ones. We are expecting to roll out Vista on several thousand machines starting mid next year, it has nothing to do with SP1, it has everything to do with system lifecycle, budgeting for next year, upgrading infrastructure to handle the new OS on the back end, etc.... Companies have a hard time adopting early en-masse because we need to make sure the infrastructure is sufficiently upgraded to handle a new OS.


RE: Waiting on the first SP...
By vortmax on 9/28/2007 1:38:24 PM , Rating: 2
Seeing that SP1 will probably be out in the Nov. timeframe, it will give companies a chance to check it out and place the orders for early Q1...

I think we'll see a large jump in Vista sales beginning Q1 based on new budgets...


By Hoser McMoose on 9/28/2007 5:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
Companies (at least those of 20+ employees) typically buy Microsoft products through volume licenses anyway, so this is a non-issue for them. Microsoft will continue selling volume licenses of WinXP for some time to come. Typically Microsoft will continue to sell the OS through downgrade rights for as long as people are willing to pay for them, though in practise most want to move over by the time it moves from 'mainstream support' to the 'extended support'. In the case of WinXP Pro, that is April of 2009.


By crystal clear on 9/29/2007 3:27:11 AM , Rating: 1
Businesses see little reason to buy expensive new computers just to run Windows Vista, when their current systems are fully capable of getting the job done.

A number of major federal agencies, including NASA, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Federal Aviation Administration, have all decided to forgo -- at least for now -- moving their desktop systems from Windows XP to Windows Vista, in part because some of their current business applications won't function properly on the operating system.

But on the other side of the coin-

Nash, on the Microsoft Web site, noted that Charter Communications and Continental Airlines are among the companies that have moved to Windows Vista "incredibly fast." Microsoft said it has sold more than 60 million Windows Vista licenses to date.

"incredibly fast."

M.S. should finance big companies in their switch over to Vista !

I told M.S. just that-You want me to switch over to Vista !

"then you got to help me by abosrbing portion the additional cost involved."

You M.S. help out OEMs with financing for Vista marketing !

What incentives We/I the buyer have to switch over to Vista-

when their current systems are fully capable of getting the job done

"then you got to help me by abosrbing portion the additional cost involved."


This appllies only to big companies & not the ordinary user !


By crystal clear on 9/29/2007 6:47:58 AM , Rating: 2
May be this could help you-

Microsoft has announced the Windows Vista Application Compatibility Factory.

ACF is a cooperative venture between Microsoft and "services partners" such as Satyam Computer Services, Tata Consultancy Services, and Wipro Technologies. ACF will consist of an assessment of the current applications with a "high-level" scan for compatibility problems. Then, a few pilot applications will be tested for compatibility followed by broader testing and remediation. Once all the bugs are squashed, Vista will be rolled out to all the desktops and laptops in the company


The 3 companies mentioned are India based & good reputations.


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