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Admitted failure. XP gets support till 2014



11:41 am on Jun 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's not a press release, but it's not your everyday newsletter either.
Microsoft sublty confirmed that they made a huge mistake with Vista.


Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014 [informationweek.com]

In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has committed to providing support services for its soon to be retired Windows XP through 2014 -- a full 13 years after the operating system was originally released.
In a letter sent to customers this week, Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte said the software maker will provide security patches "and other critical updates" for Windows XP until April, 2014.

"Our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years," Veghte wrote.


So what do they have to lose with this decision? Not much. Since a new copy er... I mean licence of Windows will cost about the same, regardless of its version, what they will lose out on is those who would have "upgraded" from XP. Now, since that was obviously not happening this was the only logical move not to lose customers because of unpatched, unsecure, unworkable XPs.


They leaked a promise for Windows 7 yet again ( 2010 ) in order to make sure you know the schedule: if Vista is not for you, upgrade to 7 from XP. I just hope they won't *rush* its development beyond reason.


[edited by: engine at 12:06 pm (utc) on June 25, 2008]
[edit reason] added quote [/edit]


3:09 pm on Jul 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jimbeetle is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Dell are continuing to supply XP on a Vista-Business license

Kind of, Dell charges 99 bucks extra for a pre-installed XP pro "downgrade" and sends along the Vista CDs for when you want to upgrade. HP has similar.


5:35 pm on Jul 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member kaled is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

In the UK, Dell supply Vista Media with XP Pro installed for 10.00 more (that about $20.00) than the standard price for Vista Business.



8:19 pm on Jul 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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all that new hardware just ROARS with XP in there

Yeah it does! I wish they would have just tweaked XP a little and sold an expansion pack to it or something. It could have been XP-E. (E for enhanced) People would have been really happy with XP on a faster machine and the enhanced version could have come with support for more RAM, newer hardware, better features, etc. They could eased into some of the things that they ran into blindly with Vista.

Hindsight is always 20/20 though...

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