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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 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

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