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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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my thoughts
By ncage on 9/28/2007 11:25:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ok ive been running vista x64 since microsoft released the RTM last fall. Do i like it...yes? Its very stable in my eyes. I've had it crash a few times but far less than xp did. I never reboot unless i have to because of an update. People moan and groan about UAC. I really don't see what the big deal is really. Ive don't think its nearly as annoying as the press has made it out to be i think a lot of people are just chronic complainers that will complain no matter what. I think microsoft had to make these changes (eventhough they were breaking) to the OS to make it more secure or they would be plagued in the future. Hey remember when Apple recoded their OS using the FreeBSD Kernel? How many things do you think they broke when they do that? How about when they decided to switch to x86 and existing apps did have some compatibility problems (PowerPC Apps) and some slowdowns because they now how to be emulated. Do you think if you have Photoshop that would have pissed you off? I think most likely. I guess my point if we want to go forward sometimes changes like these will have to be made. Do you want to stick with crappy code base or move forward? The 2000/XP system definitly needed an upgrade.

Those of you who say vista doesn't offer anything but eye candy really don't know what your talking about. They have added great things in vista like "File Transactions". GREAT FEATURE!!!! There are a lot of features like this under the hood of vista that are great features.

Now im going to tell you im going to be switching back to Windows XP. You ask why after the argument i just painted. Well the crappiness in vista is not so much microsoft's fault as it is the venders fault. There are so many vendors that either have crappy vista code or just wont update their drivers/software. For example infragistics controls in vista suck. You have to dig deep into the help files to even be able to install it on vista that the install process should take care of but the have a half baked solution that will work but will make you scream by the time your done. Then there is my laser printer. Vista does have native drivers but i loose about 1/2 of my functionality with this printer. Is this microsofts fault? Nope! Its lexmarks. So im pretty much switching back until everything is stable with vista x64. Hell i won't even use XP x64 because some apps have problems with that eventhough i have 4GB of RAM.


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