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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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Why not fix Vista?
By paulpod on 9/28/2007 1:20:11 PM , Rating: 1
The new look of Vista is fine but why not just backport a mode where it behaves exactly like an XP system. (Especially the "It Just Works" motto.)

There is no technical reason a driver wrapper could not allow all XP peripherals to work. There is no technical reason a DirectShow filter wrapper could not allow all XP media software to work. There is no reason the streamlined and vastly more efficient folder Explorer could not be backported.

There is no technical reason XP video editing software which calls DxVA can't operate cleanly within Aero. It was just a marketing decision to make a clean break from any support of the existing, "unclean" Windows users.

I bought "Windows" TV tuner hardware and software that I expected to run for the rest of my life. I've painstakingly learned how to get most from these and other very tricky apps. Now it's back to square one.

A better name for Vista would have been: Sisyphus.

RE: Why not fix Vista?
By Chudilo on 9/28/2007 2:13:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well if you had to spend all that time getting stuff to work, you might've as well gone to Linux.
Check out Ubuntu. Auto-installers for everything. More eye-candy then in Vista (if you like) .If some odd piece of hardware doesn't work, there is always someone out there who has gotten it to work just need to google for it. nVidia and ATI now have native drivers. There are lots of DRM free video players. MythTV is a great DVR solution. It's a heck of a lot more secure and stable the vista.
Wine now allows you to run most windows apps. like photoshop and MS office.
If Linux ever had a chance to swoop in to become a viable Windows alternative it's now.
With Bill gone, MS messed up with Vista, messed up BAD. Time to seriously consider the alternatives especially since they have gotten so good in the last 2 years.

RE: Why not fix Vista?
By paulpod on 9/28/2007 5:38:44 PM , Rating: 2
Not so simple. Solutions that perform hardware based deinterlacing do it through DxVA. Even the best software decoders score zeros across the board on HQV deinterlacing tests. To get an idea how compute intensive this is even for GPUs, the AMD HD2400 series can NOT support all deinterlace features but the HD2600 and above can. (Note that deinterlace is a postprocessing step.)

Most people have never seen properly deinterlaced non-film video material on a PC monitor so they don't know how insanely good 60 fps with no zaggies looks.

Are there any reviews of HiDef HQV test results on Linux or MAC?

RE: Why not fix Vista?
By The0ne on 9/28/2007 2:38:46 PM , Rating: 2
hahah, I have to agree with you on this point on some applications. I use MS Word and Excel 2003 quite often and know where commands are at. After purchasing and installing Office2007 and using it for a period of 3 months, I finally gave up and reverted back to Office2007. The learning curve for me on both of these apps were too un-productive for me to use. It takes me more time to find the commands I know is around somewhere than to get a formula or insert cells done.

This is what happens when changes are made. Some people will have a hard time adjusting to them, smart or not :P I am tempted run it on a separate virtual OS to learn it more however. The only reason driving me to do this is because of some improvements made. The file incompatibility and annoying compatibility messages is not one of them.

As to your first point, this happens quite often and not just software. There are product cycles. When you want customers to embrace you new product and leave the old one behind you make decisions that hinder or discourages the use of the old product. This is done especially in software versions.

As an example, we have several different point of sales terminals. To end one product, we can discontinue support and upgrades for it. We can make the accessories obsolete after a certain period of time. We can off "improvements" but only with the new model. This last one is the biggest joke of all since most of the time you can make the changes to the old product as well.

Having said this though, these decisions are typically (90%) made by Sales and Marketing and not engineering. Why would we engineers want to end our own product!!! That's insane talk :D

RE: Why not fix Vista?
By TomZ on 9/28/2007 2:45:36 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, after 3 months you couldn't find functionality in Office 2007?!? I think the learning curve for me was 2-3 days, LOL. I'm just sayin'...

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