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: You can't force ..
9/28/2007 2:59:17 PM
Not hardly. XP may have been eye candy for 2K users, but to the masses using windows 9x/ME it was a VERY dramatic improvement in function and stability. And with superb upward compatibility (remember all those emulation modes that are still there in a right-click'ed .exe that usually weren't even needed?). I jumped within a week or two of release. Vista looks like a new solution to a problem that I don't perceive that I have (security) at a cost of breaking software (but with promises of compatibility modules someday later when they finally get around to implementing it). A system released when it wasn't quite done yet. I still see nothing that would make me take it even if offered for free.
RE: You can't force ..
9/28/2007 3:34:10 PM
Note that I never said that I thought XP's criticism was rational or justified. I agree with you that XP was much more reliable than 98SE. I was doing a lot of heavy-duty Windows app development at the time of that transition, and I was rebooting my 98SE many times throughout the day. That went away when I upgraded to XP, which saved tons of time.
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