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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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The market will push it forward to Oct+ 2008
By crystal clear on 9/29/2007 6:30:38 AM , Rating: 2

"Taking into consideration customer and partner requests, Microsoft will sell Windows XP for another 5 months."

Point to note-

" System builders will be able to continue offering Windows XP(full versions) through June 30, 2008. For emerging markets where Microsoft sells Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft has extended XP's availability to June 30, 2010. This is due in part to some of the shipping systems in those markets not yet meeting the hardware requirements of Windows Vista."

The realities of the market said earlier/say now/will continue to say for this year & the next atleast, if not more that-

"M.S. cannot stop selling XP at a predetermined date"
(yes its their O.S. but "we are the buyers" remember)

Instead, I would like to see" market demand drive decisions on when to stop selling Windows XP".

To summarize it-"Let the market decide"

I can safely assume that by Oct/Nov 08 you will start seeing WinXP fading gradually in the background & not a "instant death". .

If you ask why ?

By this time Vista SP1(1Q 08) will be out & running.
Which will solve most/majority/all of those issues hindering a smooth adaption of Vista.

Also lack of compatibility with existing software, and system requirements will be a thing of the past.

Yes people will argue why wait till SP1 is released-windows update does it all even before.

But read this & get yourself a wake up call-

Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair
By Scott Dunn

A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the "repair" feature of Windows XP from completing successfully.

Ever since the Redmond company's recent download of new support files for Windows Update, users of XP's repair function have been unable to install the latest 80 patches from Microsoft.

Repaired installations of XP can't be updated

Accounts of conflicts with XP's repair option came to our attention after Microsoft's "silent install" of Windows Update (WU) executable files, known as version 7.0.600.381, was reported in the Sept. 13 and 20 issues of the Windows Secrets Newsletter.

M.S. needs to redouble its efforts to make sure Windows Update never again disabled.

Putting aside this windows update issue !

"Windows Vista is on track to be the fastest-selling operating system in Microsoft's history," Nash said.

Very ambitious claims but the market doesnt see it in reality,its exactly opposite.This below-

Dell,Lenovo, and Hewlett-Packard have in recent weeks gone as far as offering customers discs that effectively let them "downgrade" their Windows Vista systems to Windows XP.

If Vista is as reported & voiced as "Just fine",the need to put out WinXp SP3 would not be there,as majority would have switched over to Vista.

Its not for support purposes(life cycle) that SP3 is coming,but M.S. has become aware of the market realities.

Read this link of M.S.-Windows Service Pack Road Map

Next Update and Estimated Date of Availability-

SP3 for Windows XP Professional is currently planned for 1H CY2008. This date is preliminary.

I am not against Vista but see very crystal clear the market indicators & reactions/responses.

It says "Wait dont push us-Dont rush-give it time"

By crystal clear on 9/29/2007 7:11:47 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft Extends Sales Availability of Windows XP

By codeThug on 9/30/2007 6:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
hear hear...

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