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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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Maybe They Should...
By Quiescent on 9/28/2007 2:37:18 PM , Rating: 3
Be selling Windows XP 64bit instead. There is hardly anymore 32bit processors that are selling anymore except perhaps celeron. 64bit is pretty normal for us now. This would help force companies to make drivers for things that are STILL not supported for Windows XP 64bit.

Basically, a lot of things that actually read what OS I have says I have Windows Server 2003, which is what XP 64bit is actually built on. So perhaps that might be something key in making drivers.

I was actually given this really generic webcam from my parents and the drivers didn't work for XP 64bit. It was so generic of a brand that I can't even recall the name of it. So I had them returned. It's pretty pathetic that there is still a lot of devices out there not supported for XP 64bit. Even though I do not like Lexmark printers, I was pretty shocked that no Lexmark printers had any support for XP 64bit.

RE: Maybe They Should...
By The0ne on 9/28/2007 2:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
64bit is gaining ground, as it should. Companies are just slow to embrace it at the moment. And And sadly to say, some companies are just damn lazy to develop drivers for their product. Granted it does take a lot of resources for some companies to develop many different drivers. But for generic USB...why not? :o

I'm hoping the 64bit driver and their stability will improve once companies are committed the shift. Due to many 32bit users still, it's not a good decision to leave the market (which is stable) and enter a infant one.

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