Friday, September 28, 2007

Windows XP lives on until June 30, 2008

Microsoft announced today that it will continue shipping Windows XP until June 30, 2008 - that's five more months than the software giant initially announced. Microsoft also said that the cheap Windows XP Starter Edition will be available until June 30, 2010.

Microsoft Windows Product Management Corporate Vice President Mike Nash: 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. As it turns out, our official policy as of 2002 is that versions of Windows are available through our retail and direct OEM partners for four years after they ship. Obviously this policy didn’t work with Windows XP given Windows Vista’s delivery date. As a practical matter, most of our previous operating system releases were available for about two years after the new version shipped, so maybe we were a little ambitious to think that we would need to make Windows XP available for only a year after the release of Windows Vista.

So we’re responding to feedback we have gotten from our OEM partners that some customers will benefit by extending availability of Windows XP to June 30, 2008 instead of the planned date of Jan. 30, 2008. Also, since some of the systems that ship in emerging markets don’t meet the requirements for Windows Vista, we will be extending availability of Windows XP Starter Edition to June 30, 2010. This will allow our OEM partners who sell PCs in emerging markets more opportunity to offer genuine Windows licenses. Windows XP Starter Edition is tailored to local markets, in local languages, and is compatible with a wide range of Windows-based applications and devices.


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Dave said...

its my opinion that they want to get every last possible buck out of windows xp before they concentrate entirely on windows vista. There's no point in continuing to sell it till 2010; its a waste of time and if you buy it; you will have to upgrade it sooner than later because no new devices or programs will support windows XP in the next 3 years - well, thats my opinion anyway.

Kauai Writer said...

Of course they are milking this for all it's worth- to the extent that they can and still save face.

I have been researching XP (including SP3) and Vista (and SP1) and it seems quite clear- XP is preferred. I think MS realizes that if they continue to force the Vista product on the wary consumer- they will be forced to go elsewhere for their computing needs.

This is frustrating because I am (hopefully) about to invest in a new laptop, my desktop (currently down) is several years old, and I am currently working on a borrowed laptop- so what do I do? Take a risk on vista or risk an obsolete or support-less operating system? I am sure MS will have a new OS before long- particularly if vista is as bad as I hear.

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