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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: 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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