Windows XP Availability Now Ending In 2011

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News Posted: Sat, Jun 20 2009 11:02 AM

It has to stop at some point, right? Or does it, really? With Windows 7 just months away from a public release (October 22, if you needed a reminder), Microsoft is yet again showing its soft spot for Windows XP. Right or wrong, the general public view of Windows Vista is that it didn't live up to the hype, and in many respects, WinXP is a superior--if not more stable--operating system. Because of that, the company has already pushed back its cut-off date for WinXP downgrades on a few occasions. Now, it's pushing it back even further.



In a new report published this week, we're told that Microsoft has decided to extend XP availability until 2011. That's 2 years after the operating system's second successor! The date now sits firmly at April 2011, though we wouldn't be surprised if demand for WinXP encouraged the firm to let that slip even further back. According to Microsoft, the decision is being made in order to give netbook makers more time to sell netbooks without "forcing" them into Windows 7. Of course, Microsoft has already detailed a netbook-centric version of Win7, but many still feel WinXP is better suited for the lower power machines.



The move also helps enterprise customers who are trying desperately to avoid Windows Vista. The extension gives them plenty of breathing room to plan their next wave of PC purchases, ensuring that they buy computers with Win7 loaded on. Still, one has to wonder when all this love for WinXP will end. Eventually Microsoft and the world at large has to get over XP and move onto the next big thing. Hopefully Windows 7 will be the OS that makes users forget about XP. If not, prepare to see support extended well into the next decade as Windows 8 gets created.



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I don't understand the love for XP. Coming from a netbook user. I have ditched XP in favor of Windows 7 and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. I honestly use Ubuntu more, but Windows 7 is much better suited for a netbook than XP. It runs just as fast and the new taskbar makes much better use of the small screen real estate.

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windows XP is a great OS it was smart from Microsoft to continue it until 2010.

windows 7 is the future OS Ive tried the beta version and actually it surpass the XP I am planning to use it next year (When the programs will be more compatible)

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jun 20 2009 9:56 PM

Agreed haz... Vista is definitely rough around the edges still and I'm looking forward to Win7 myself.

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I don't understand the love for XP.

I'm with Bob! Once-upon-a-time the people were crying that XP was such a sorry OS and they couldn't wait for the Next Offering. But there were many delays with the Next Offering, and the peeps cried even more! Finally, the Next Offering was released, but the hardware vendors were remiss with the drivers and the Next Offering garnered sour reviews. Because of this mess, XP was glorified. Yuk. That's what happened, folks!

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"Most of the slowness in Windows XP is caused by the new interface enhancements. The skin layering takes a toll on Windows' responsiveness and should be turned off if not really needed."

http://www.firingsquad.com/games/winxp/report.asp

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Jun 21 2009 4:57 AM

Perhaps it's about time for people to realise that there are better alternatives - in fact, a plethora of them - to Windows operating systems out there ?...

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jun 21 2009 10:12 AM

The love of XP is a result of people that have never used an operating system other that the released versions of Windows (i.e. everything up to and including Vista). I doubt that many people who have tried a modern Win7 beta, OSX, or Linux distro are clinging to XP.

Then again... Vista got slow and incorporated DRM. Win7 gets fast again, but still incorporates PVP/PUMA to protect us from accidentally making fair use of our copyrighted content. So, I could see where some hippies testing Win7 might still prefer XP. :p

It's mostly dormant right now; content producers won't use the capabilities until all the users are locked in (Which Vista failed to do). Only the EFF and American Gladiators fans have felt the sting so far. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9946050-7.html

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wil2200 replied on Sun, Jun 21 2009 1:49 PM

I used XP 64bit (well server 2003) for a while and was more satisfied than just the regular XP. That is why I jumped on Server 2008 (converted to workstation) and haven't looked back since. Speaking of which, I think I need a reinstall...

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SeanM replied on Mon, Jun 22 2009 1:03 AM

Windows Vista's main problem was/is the ammount of ram it requires, and the slow uptake of a large number of software vendors to sort out their software to work under the new environment.

I'm happy to see that MS has drastically reduced the ram requirement for 7 allowing lower-spec computers to run it happily, though imo this is really a non-issue with the cost of ram these days. Unfortunatly the latter issue is unlikely to change while MS continue to allow the end dates to flow back on aging products. End users shouldnt be complaining to MS to extend windows XP, more complaining to software vendors to update there products, and hardware manufacturers to add more memory into lower model (budget) equiptment.

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One of the exciting things about Vista to me was the ram usage. Finally it was going to do something linux has done for years cache your most used programs so when you lauched them they didnt have to go to the hard drive. I never understood people wanting there ram to sit empty.I payed for this ram I hope the OS is going to use it. I gave up quick on my rants about it because well people are stupid, but 7 doesn't use less ram. It uses more. Finally what I have been waiting for. The key to 7s success is that they hide the fact that they are using all your memory.

My Windows 7 install. All but 9MB of my 4GBs of memory in use. Though most people can only see that it is actively using 1GB.

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Kiristo replied on Mon, Jun 22 2009 4:13 AM

Eh, I'm running Vista 64x with 12GBs of RAM, so I haven't been having any problems. When my beast is hungry I feed it more...

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Eh, I feed mine the world's largest cheeto's 4x a year.  I ditched XP a while ago, and I don't care to look back at it.  When I was running Vista, I had no problems.  Running win7 now and it is even better.

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