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Microsoft Grants Windows XP another Reprieve

Microsoft Grants Windows XP another Reprieve

It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Vista OS has been met with some resistance. In fact, many users are sticking with Windows XP and downgrading new PCs to XP because they prefer the older OS. Despite some users’ preferences, Microsoft was trying to phase out Windows XP in favor of Vista and its upcoming Windows 7 OS.

In its efforts to phase out Windows XP, Microsoft had set a cutoff date of January 31 for PC makers to obtain licenses for the software. Now, Microsoft has created a new policy that will make it possible for hardware firms to get XP licenses until May 30, 2009. In addition, Microsoft had previously extended XP’s life until 2010 for netbooks and low-cost laptops.

Windows XP Professional BoxThe original plan was for Windows XP to disappear from store shelves on January 30, 2008 in order to make way for Windows Vista which went on sale in early 2007. But customers haven’t reacted as favorably to Vista as the company had hoped, so Microsoft granted a reprieve for XP. Even so, Microsoft still claims that Vista has sold well.

Because of the demand for XP, PC makers found a way around the former restrictions by exploiting a clause in the licensing terms that allowed them to offer a "downgrade" license with a new PC running Vista that let customers replace it with XP.

This latest reprieve makes it possible for PC makers and resellers to order before January 31st, but take delivery at any time until May 30th. Previously, many of these PC makers and resellers were working on the January 31st deadline and feared they would have to stockpile licenses before the cut-off and then hope to be able to sell them in the coming months.

Under the new policy, venders will still have to place orders before the official cutoff date of January 31, but they won't have to take delivery (or pay, perhaps?) until May. This policy should help alleviate the problem of vendors stockpiling copies of XP and should also eliminate any issues of manufacturers charging a demand-related premium for XP licenses after Microsoft goes Vista-only.

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Buy XP? But Microsoft says it's all a misunderstanding and while Vista did suck, that it doesn't suck as much anymore: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/discover/why-now.aspx

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I just hope Windows 7 is going to be good. There are some good things in Vista, I like how it utilized my hardware better despite it's higher requirements which a lot of people complained about. If you don't have the hardware to run it, why the hell are you buying a new OS anyway, though? My biggest gripe is how they changed and moved all their administrator stuff around. Simple things like renaming add/remove programs is annoying.  The lack of ability to run windows explorer with admin rights in a separate process (although it did force me to turn to a better file explorer utility that I like now). I just miss the familiarity of XP mostly, alot of the increased security stuff in Vista (like that damn UAC) I disabled anyway.

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Windows 7 will be better. UAC is much less annoying. Feels a bit quicker than Vista, but not quite as snappy as XP. That's ok though because Ubuntu is still faster than any of them with compiz running. The only thing I am not sure about is the new taskbar. It is great for smaller screens, but isn't that going the wrrong way. There are things I like about the new taskbar though. Like the fact that I can FINALLY rearrange the order of stuff. Still feels like some things take a extra click though. Not that I would know any of this first handWink

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