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Windows XP Just Won't Die

Windows XP Just Won't Die

Windows Vista didn't have an easy launch, and as a result Microsoft and their partners had to prolong the life of Windows XP until June of this year in an attempt to keep system builders and their customers happy.  One line of reasoning behind this was that Vista would have all of its kinks ironed out by June of this year, and for the most part that task seems to have already been accomplished.  But yet XP looks like it's still not ready to retire, and the reasons for it are somewhat surprising and unexpected:

“The biggest area where XP is likely to stick around is in the nascent but growing market of low-cost, flash memory-based notebook computers, such as the Asus Eee PC. These devices are fertile ground for Linux, benefiting from its low cost and low memory requirements. Microsoft had to do some work just to get Windows XP onto the Eee PC and Vista would seem to be a non-starter.

Speaking of starters, another area where XP is likely to persist is in emerging markets. Microsoft conceded as much when it first extended the XP deadline last year. In addition to offering a few months reprieve for XP broadly, the software maker said it would offer the entry level Windows XP Starter Edition through 2010 for use on ultra low-cost PCs.”


It wouldn't be surprising if a stripped down version of Vista or “Windows 7” was in the works with an expected launch date of 2010 to take XP's place.
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I don't think its going to completely go away for a very long time just because of the support from users....I honestly feel that Windows will continuously try to cut it out of their offerings and consumers are going to cry about it subsequently.

Their decision on stripping down XP to use it as a base OS on smartphones/PDAs etc...I do however think will find success

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i think i will probably still be using xp til the end of this year atleast because i got everything working on it already so why change

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Microsoft will of course eventually have to abandon XP so that they can concentrate on their post XP OSs. For the time being however, there is still plenty of money to be made from XP and as the article mentions, XP fits the extremely low cost PC gap quite nicely. It is a lot of work keeping up with drivers and continuing to come out with updates for XP. I would imagine by the time Windows 7 rolls around XP will be ready for retirement.

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windows 7 does look promising but i think xp will be retire at least for mainstream pcs before that 

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