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: Uh huh
9/29/2007 2:56:31 AM
>>I don't think the reason is due to buying an underpowered PC - you'd have to got out of your way to buy a PC that can't run Vista pretty well. I think the issues are probably more along the lines of application compatibility, driver availability, and just simple resistance to change.
While I do agree with the last part of your statement, the "going out of your way" bit is false. Check out a Best Buy or Circuit City flyer sometime. They usually have a computer on sale every Sunday for $350-400 that has a Celeron and 512MB of RAM. Having used some of these computers, they're crippled just by opening up IE or Word. Many people buy them thinking a computer is a computer, then end up returning them a few days later because "this computer and this new Vista thing is terrible". A good portion of consumers don't know what they're buying and when someone tries to tell them they need a better computer or at least a RAM upgrade, they think they're just being up-sold. Then there's the few that actually dislike Vista for the legitimate reasons you stated. Keyword: few.
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