Microsoft Extends Sales of Windows XP
September 28, 2007 12:34 PM
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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 the
option to let customers downgrade
from Windows Vista to Windows XP.
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RE: Why not fix Vista?
9/28/2007 2:13:49 PM
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?
9/28/2007 5:38:44 PM
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?
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