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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 Zoomer on 10/2/2007 10:08:11 AM , Rating: 2
I happen to have a similar system, and don't want to install something for the privilege of less performance.

Ideological issues abound as well. User mode driver? I think that's just a dumb idea. Forcing signed drivers on 64 bit version? Yuck. (In)Secure Audio Path? :rolleyes:

Give me a tangible reason to upgrade. And no, a new UI doesn't cut it. DX10 might be a reason, but I need to get a DX10 part first. I might just dual boot for these few games, though.

I'd say that just against installing it on my desktop. However, I'd be crazy to install in on a current laptop. Increased heat output, decreased battery life, outrageously expensive ram upgrades for >2GB. Sounds more like a downgrade to me.

By the way, I base this on the assumption that it is free (MSAA). If I had to pay for it, it'll be a flat no.


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