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: Uh huh
9/28/2007 2:49:54 PM
my point is that it's deliciously ironic that history's biggest ever corporate bully has now been bullied by the computer retail industry into an unprecedented move
i'm not commenting on vista itself, which if these forums are anything to go by is the Marmite of OSes (you either love it or hate it, no inbetweens)
RE: Uh huh
9/28/2007 4:01:58 PM
MS as history's biggest ever corporate bully? I find the notion laughable.
Have you heard of Standard Oil? The old U.S. Steel? The original Ma Bell? Microsoft's behavior was child's play next to these, or for another, more current example, the De Beers diamond cartel.
Not that I can't appreciate the irony, but I personally believe deeply in the value of appreciation for history...
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