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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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This is stupid.
By Shawn on 9/29/2007 5:53:54 PM , Rating: 2
Let XP die already. There is nothing wrong with extending support for XP, but there is no reason to keep selling it. Vista works great on new hardware and is definitely an upgrade over XP.




RE: This is stupid.
By ZaethDekar on 9/30/2007 10:16:01 AM , Rating: 2
Thats the problem. New hardware. Not all of us have the money to go out and buy even a $500 compaq with vista installed, and even then it runs it mediocer.

It was the exact same thing with 98SE to XP. Hell, my family and I stuck with 98SE for two or three years until going to XP. Why? All of our hardware and software ran just fine on 98SE.

As other people have said, its the same thing as 98 to XP as XP to Vista.

The people that have the money to go and switch or those that buy the pre built systems will go ahead and switch and then we that will get support for Vista to go up and as the hardware gets cheaper more people will upgrade. The more people the better support and when it gets just dandy a new Windows will come out. That is how it will be for every Windows to come out.


RE: This is stupid.
By SavagePotato on 9/30/07, Rating: 0
RE: This is stupid.
By crystal clear on 9/30/2007 3:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
Hey savage !compare this comment to his previous one-
RE: You can't force ..
By ZaethDekar on 9/30/07, Rating: 2
By ZaethDekar on 9/30/2007 9:55:54 AM , Rating: 2

then think !


RE: This is stupid.
By SavagePotato on 9/30/2007 5:18:24 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry I don't have time to go over 100+ posts in advanced to determine which people are contradictory trolls or simply suffering from alzheimers.


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