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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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Staying put...for now.
By Bonesdad on 9/29/2007 11:17:13 AM , Rating: 2
Sad to say, I know quite a few people who are still using 98SE (and one or two in 1st edition!). Their computers are Pentium II and PIII and they have no reason to "upgrade" to a faster machine. THey just use dial up internet and file their recipes and that's it. With Win98, you were lucky to get to a state of relative stability and once there, you did nothing to disrupt it. XP came along and, despite a FEW initial complaints about bloat, it was accepted quickly and enthusiastically. The nice thing about XP WORKS. Not like 98. THere was and excellent reason to go 98 --> XP...not so much from XP --> Vista. I'm still at XP and will likely stay for a while. I've no reason to "upgrade" at this point. I'm aware of security threats and smart enough to avoid exposing myself to most of them, and I'm at peace with XP and WIndows now. Why throw a monkey wrench into my own world?

RE: Staying put...for now.
By SavagePotato on 9/30/2007 2:52:01 PM , Rating: 1
Personaly I don't think life is worth living in the world of computers unless you throw a monkey wrench into it and challenge yourself.

Thats how you become one of those stagnant stumps that think 98 is still the best OS ever and all they need.

Without new technology, new things to learn, life is dull. I hope I never reach that point where someone lets their mind go dormant and accepts such a thing as being "comfortable" with their environment.

To each their own, but I find your lifestyle just as alien and incomprehensible as you probably find mine.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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