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Dell's innovation? It will do the XP image installation for you. It may not sound like much, but the net result is that the computer leaves the factory with Windows XP Professional on it, rather than Vista.
Dell Said to Offer XP After June 30 [news.com]
I bought a new laptop last year which came with Vista pre-installed. I use it mainly for backup and when I go on holiday and I have to say that I have had few problems with it. Is Vista as bad as some people say it is?
So, my opinion would be that Vista is currently a good choice for a home OS. I gave up on it for business as I found that if nothing else it seriously dented productivity. I haven't seen any advantage that would make it a better choice than XP, which I have found extremely solid in business uses.
I doubt they will stop selling XP until at least SP2.
Would Microsoft's refusal to allow sale of the XP operating system with systems constitute the basis for legal action by companies forced to use Vista with new machines and the significant software, productivity and retraining costs that involves (even if such costs are temporary as Microsoft claims... they are still costs which someone has to pay for)?
Dell will take advantage of a licensing option in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate that lets PC makers provide XP under the Vista license, which Microsoft calls a "downgrade" license. In essence, the user is buying a Vista license that it can apply to XP, and Microsoft can still claim a Vista sale.
Reports of fake high sales for Vista to follow.