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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 BladeVenom on 9/28/2007 1:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
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Notice how all the whiners pointing out Vista as being a terrible bloated OS with DRM are the same people who said the same thing about XP when we were all running 98SE and 2000?


I have to disagree because XP was the replacement for ME, and anything was better than ME.


RE: You can't force ..
By Hotdogah on 9/28/2007 1:45:48 PM , Rating: 3
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by BladeVenom on September 28, 2007 at 1:31 PM

I have to disagree because XP was the replacement for ME, and anything was better than ME.


You had to remind us of that..Thing..I had almost had shut it out of my mind.


RE: You can't force ..
By kristof007 on 9/28/2007 2:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
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... and anything was better than ME.


And man are you RIGHT! I had a Compaq desktop with Me on it. I had to create and alter ego to deal with all the pain that was.

Anyway in response to Master Kenobi: I know it would cost them a lot of money to keep supporting it. But if people keep on buying it at the price at it is (and as others said it doesn't look like its dropping anymore) then I think it would makes sense for them to do it. I know its not how things go in the IT business because they want you to buy the new more expensive & better things. But yea .. just my 2c.

On a side note I usually get to the articles to post anything that hasn't been said. I <3 Anandtech and read 90% of articles and their comments. Just wanted to get some loving out there =)


RE: You can't force ..
By TomZ on 9/28/2007 2:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
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On a side note I usually get to the articles to post anything that hasn't been said. I <3 Anandtech and read 90% of articles and their comments. Just wanted to get some loving out there =)

You know this site is DailyTech, not AnandTech, right?


RE: You can't force ..
By kinnoch on 9/28/2007 3:32:49 PM , Rating: 2
He's probably like me where he uses AnandTech as a portal to all of these news snippets :)


RE: You can't force ..
By TomZ on 9/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: You can't force ..
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: You can't force ..
By TomZ on 9/28/2007 3:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
Right, I think that's what I said. :o)


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