Windows XP Lives! (Longer)

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News Posted: Thu, Apr 3 2008 2:03 PM

You had to see this coming (and it was rumored, too), with the popularity of low-cost ultra-portable laptops such as the Asus Eee PC, the OLPC, and the Classmate. Microsoft has given Windows XP another reprieve, but only for a class of devices they call ULCPCs or Ultra-Low-Cost PCs.

Microsoft said on Thursday that it will continue to allow Windows XP Home edition to be sold for a class of computers it calls "ultra-low-cost PCs." It's a category that covers machines with slower processors, smaller screens, and in many cases flash memory for storage, rather than a traditional hard drive.

Microsoft will give PC makers the option of using Windows XP or Vista on ULCPC devices, said Michael Dix, general manager of Windows client marketing.

Still, the minimal hardware used in ULCPC systems might make Vista ill-suited to such a task. The decision to discontinue Windows XP might have driven even more device makers into the hands of Linux, hence the extension.


Ah yes, don't want to lose out to Linux, so we darn-well better do this; that had to be what Microsoft was thinking.  With this announcement comes the question: where is SP3?



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Yeah, I still don't get how they can claim to be discontinuing Windows XP before a new service pack is even out.  And I'd probably rather have Linux on something like the Eee than even XP, let alone the resource hog Vista.  Ubuntu is practically Windows anyway.  If all you do is the basics (internet, videos, word processing) then it's more than adequate.  Just don't try messing around in the terminal, that confuses me pretty good. 

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With this announcement comes the question: where is SP3?
 

I've often read that there may eventually be a Service Pack 3 for XP, but I am not so sure it is necessary. All 5 of my machines run XP trouble-free, and some of them only have SP1 installed (hence they are not fully updated). I don't see SP3 offering anything that would be worthwhile or groundbreaking.

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frg1 replied on Thu, Apr 3 2008 5:59 PM

i heard microsoft will put some of the vista internal code in xp in sp3

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If it's faster, that's enough to put me on board.  But we'll see.  And didn't they say April 2008?  We may found out very soon.

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If it's faster, that's enough to put me on board. 
 

I have never met a service pack that speeded-things up. What XP really needs is DX-10!

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frg1 replied on Thu, Apr 3 2008 7:50 PM

 those dx10 games would really fly on xp

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higgamo replied on Thu, Apr 3 2008 7:51 PM

lol if xp got dx-10 alot of people would never get vista

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ice_73 replied on Thu, Apr 3 2008 9:30 PM
vista is for flash... xp is for work.. imo,

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