Is XP Getting Another Six Month Extension?

Emblazon this with a big "rumor" label, but according to The Register, Microsoft may be caving into OEMs.  As we know, OEMs can offer users of certain versions of Windows Vista a downgrade to XP.  For some OEMs, this can mean they will actually downgrade the PC for you, prior to shipment.  For others, this means an XP install CD with your shipment.

According to The Register, while partners originally had up until January 31 2009 to provide the Windows XP Professional recovery media with machines running Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate, they now have until July 31, 2009.  However, this comes to them from an "unnamed reader."  In that case, this is even a less reliable source than the normal "sources close to the deal" or whatever.

Still, it wouldn't be a surprise if Microsoft did this.   Now, if Microsoft just went another six months, many could avoid Vista altogether (assuming Windows 7 ships on time at the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010).  What do you HH readers think?  Will Microsoft cave in to OEMs this far?  It should be noted that according to the "source,"
And, according to an email sent to the employees of one OEM, Microsoft’s hardware partners are working on the company to have the July deadline extended even further. The goal seems to be to help PC users who cannot move to Windows Vista move smoothly to the next version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system, Windows 7.
So, a total skip of Vista for corporations may in fact be in the cards, if this is reliable.
Via:  The Register
Tags:  Extension, XP, XT, ting
bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

A shame that no one likes vista. Windows 7 looks good though. I don't see why anyone would buy a new pc and use a 7 year old OS. It doesnt make sence to me. Vista had issues at launch just as xp did. Its a great OS now though. I have been using it since the first public beta.

3vi1 6 years ago

>> "Windows 7 looks good though" <<

I'm thinking about starting an Internet rumor that Windows 7 *is* Vista. You see, the way I figure this works is that Microsoft looked at the data from the Mojave experiment and said "Hmmmm... maybe people just don't like the name?". So, they're just moving the interface around a little and re-releasing it.

Wait a second... why did a Microsoft van just pull up outside my house?

Dev 6 years ago

The onus is on Vista to pull customers to rather than pushing customers from XP. I fail to see how Vista is better than XP. XP SP2+ is rock solid in terms of security. Vista maybe okay for people with 2GB+ RAM but not so much for the rest. Vista ain't bad but it isn't clearly superior in the same respect XP was to its predecessor. Which successfully combined the code bases of 2000/NT stability with 95/98 compatibility.

I'm entitled to either operating system free, I'll still stick with XP because quite simply there is no reason to change OS. Besides another Windows iteration is due out at the end of next year.

Eye Candy doesn't count as a reason.

mazuki 6 years ago

agreed, if i get a shiny new computer, i'll be using that shiny new OS, but in a VM, and in linux, and XP will also be an option

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="mazuki"]

agreed, if i get a shiny new computer, i'll be using that shiny new OS, but in a VM, and in linux, and XP will also be an option


I dual boot Ubuntu. I also check out new distros in VMs. VMware server is the best thing to ever happen to meStick out tongue

kid007 6 years ago

Most people did not understood vista, and that why they were afraid. when someone does not understand something they either don't like it or like that how simple it is. people has got to find themselves using vista not only it is easier but it is directx 10,

but all well that is beauty of humanity how easy they could change their mind when they don't like things....

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

I think Microsoft probably will comprimise just to satisfy the consumer and why not its more sales of and old OP system?People do you use to thing and at times something new is intimidating, so they rather stay with something thet are comfortable with!

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