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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: XP’s end-of-life
By Bioniccrackmonk on 9/28/2007 4:54:45 PM , Rating: 2
Lets compare apples to apples here, not oranges. Hardware is slightly different then software is. Does Adobe lower the price of its software everytime they release a new version? What about Autocad or Microstation? What about Apple, you think their older OS's are cheaper to everyone whenever they release a new one? I am willing to bet no.

In reality, this situation is hard to compare because Windows is on 90% of the computers in the world unlike anything else. Best thing I can think of is if I was selling oxygen and released a higher quality grade, why would I take a hit when I could sell the older stuff for the same price?

Also, do you believe that 5 year old PS2 costs ~$129 to make these days? Besides, the price of the PS2 has come down over the years, its not like Sony did a huge price drop when the PS3 came out anyway.

I wish I was living on cloud nine like you, but I will check in from time to time to let you know how reality is going down here.

RE: XP’s end-of-life
By mondo1234 on 10/1/2007 10:27:27 PM , Rating: 2
Apples to apples? Adobe doesn't usually sell an earlier version of their software for years when a new one comes out. M$ hoses everybody and never drops their prices. What a rip off. At least other companies drop thier prices as time goes on, but not our beloved Balmer. He screws everybody the same and then throws a temper tantrum like a child when it doesn't work out.....

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