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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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RE: You can't force ..
By acer905 on 9/28/2007 1:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly couldn't even care less if they continue to "support" it by coming up with updates and stuff. But there is no reason they couldn't continue to sell it. Even if not many people buy it, its not like they need to send out disks. They could simply have a buy/download for it on their site, with instructions on how to burn it to your own disk. The only cost to microsoft would then be however much it cost to keep a copy of that file on their server to be downloaded. Which couldn't be more than 700mb, which probably wouldn't cost much.

There are people who still want to use XP. Those people will continue to use it, and if they can't get a new license, they could pirate it. If they just had a download of it they could potentially get more money. (i'm actually still using 95 on a computer, in case anyone cares lol)

RE: You can't force ..
By darkpaw on 9/28/2007 1:57:09 PM , Rating: 3
Theres one big reason they shouldn't have to keep selling it, because then they'd have to continue supporting it. While you might not care if they continued to support it, if they are offering it for sale they do and really few if any come close to MS's support policy. They support business class OS for 5 years after end-of-life and I think for XP they'll be supporting Home for that long too.

Even though availability from MS on XP will end in 2009 (for system builder market), the OS will still be readily available and by that time most people will be using Vista.

If MS continued to sell an unsupported operating system, the MS haters would just hit on them for selling something no longer secure. It really doesn't matter what they'll do, some people will never be happy.

RE: You can't force ..
By erikejw on 9/28/2007 4:48:42 PM , Rating: 2
They sold about 200M copys of XP and the revenue might be about 20 Billion dollars so I damn expect them to support their software for many years to come.

RE: You can't force ..
By omnicronx on 9/29/2007 12:59:47 AM , Rating: 3
Thats a silly thing to say. Auto companies sell millions of cars and have a revenue in the billions, do you expect a lifetime warranty on your car? Unless you personally bought 20 billion dollars worth of XP licenses, i don't see what you have to complain about. It probably came with your dell computer anyways.

RE: You can't force ..
By SigmaHyperion on 9/28/2007 2:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
As a condition of its' many numerous lawsuits against it, Microsoft established a LifeCycle Policy that deems that it must continue to support its Windows software for 5 years after it has last officially sold it. Every extra day that MS sells XP is another day it has to support it in the future. And there's a cost associated with that. A very big cost.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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