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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: Uh huh
By Screwballl on 9/28/2007 7:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
how about this....
I am a computer tech, I "adhere" to change.
Vista bogged down my fairly new computer worse than XP on a Pentium 2. By fairly new I mean E6600, 2GB DDR2-667, SATA3.0 hard drive, X1950GT PCIe video, X-Fi sound, GA-965P-DS3....
I used it 3 months and gave it to my work for testing and went back to my previous XP license. If it cannot work properly or work well on mainstream parts in a almost new computer then they obviously have a bigger problem than just "a few people don't like it".

Also remember they announced that "Vienna" is scheduled to be released for at least public beta testing in 2009. I think they saw early on that Vista is just something to line the pockets with money until they release something that really is worthwhile. Hmmmm sounds familiar... release a substandard product to hold people over for a year or two until they can release something worthwhile... Windows ME anyone? Release ME until they can get XP in a stable mode. It was a bit sketchy at first but after a few months it came along nicely. Here it is more than a few months later for Vista and it is still problematic at best.
Welcome to Windows Me version 2.

RE: Uh huh
By crystal clear on 9/29/2007 2:54:01 AM , Rating: 3
Some prestigious universities, such as MIT and Stanford, also have shelved Windows Vista upgrades until compatibility issues can be resolved.

I think the above should have given you an indication long time a ago.

Also remember they announced that "Vienna" is scheduled to be released for at least public beta testing in 2009.

You can be rest assured dont expect M.S. to meet it deadlines-push it over to late 2009 or early 2010 to be on the safe side.

I think they saw early on that Vista is just something to line the pockets with money until they release something that really is worthwhile.

No ! Its NOT MONEY-let that be clear enough.

The whole Vista project has been plagued with delays-mostly technical in nature, all through out.
Just a bit of history-

#M.S. invested all its human resources to get the WinXp Sp2 developed & out into the market,result pushing forward Vista development.
# Then the technical delays in the process of Vista developments.

The market pressure(OEMs) to get the Vista out after repeated delays made M.S. take the decsion to get Vista out as early as possible.

This with all the problems existing in the O.S.

To add to this to make things worse for Vista-

Drivers from 3rd parties-either they did not work or were non existant or horribly delayed.Example-Nvidia,HP, etc

So its NOT MONEY its Technical & MARKET pressures-OEMs

RE: Uh huh
By FITCamaro on 9/29/2007 10:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
You had bigger problems then. I tested Vista on single core Pentium 4s with hyperthreading, 2GB of RAM, intergrated 945 graphics, and an 80GB hard drive. It ran fine even with full Aero effects.

I also tested it on Core Duo laptops with 512MB of RAM.

The biggest problem Vista has is that hardware developers sat on their ass when it came to writing drivers. That is hardly Microsoft's fault.

RE: Uh huh
By SavagePotato on 9/29/2007 11:27:45 AM , Rating: 3
Nope, your not a computer tech. If you posted something that blatantly stupid you are either a liar or don't have a clue how to set up a system.

I have almost the same system exactly. E6600 P965 board, 7900 gtx though not a 1900xtx and it runs absolutely flawless. Better than XP loaded on the same system.

But then I deal with "computer techs" like yourself quite alot, I call you pseudo techs. Kind of like the moron that was screaming at me on the phone other day about being cisco certified that didn't know his ass from his elbow.

Sorry to burst your bubble but you don't know what you are doing.

RE: Uh huh
By Zoomer on 10/2/2007 10:08:11 AM , Rating: 2
I happen to have a similar system, and don't want to install something for the privilege of less performance.

Ideological issues abound as well. User mode driver? I think that's just a dumb idea. Forcing signed drivers on 64 bit version? Yuck. (In)Secure Audio Path? :rolleyes:

Give me a tangible reason to upgrade. And no, a new UI doesn't cut it. DX10 might be a reason, but I need to get a DX10 part first. I might just dual boot for these few games, though.

I'd say that just against installing it on my desktop. However, I'd be crazy to install in on a current laptop. Increased heat output, decreased battery life, outrageously expensive ram upgrades for >2GB. Sounds more like a downgrade to me.

By the way, I base this on the assumption that it is free (MSAA). If I had to pay for it, it'll be a flat no.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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