updated 12:40 pm EDT, Thu April 12, 2007
Windows XP gone in 2008?
Microsoft intends to phase out the OEM version of Windows XP at the start of 2008, isolating those not ready to upgrade, writes APC Magazine. After January, Microsoft's contracts with computer builders will require the installation of Windows Vista -- which, despite a variety of improvements, has received complaints of hardware and software incompatibility, as well as high system requirements. Many shoppers are thus still asking for Windows XP to be installed, even though the death knell for the OS has already been sounded.
Attempting to meet the demand, some companies are themselves resisting the switch. In a recent post to its official blog, Dell insisted that smaller businesses would not be forced to migrate to Vista, and would instead be able to opt for XP when buying specific Dimension and Inspiron computers. Even this offer, however, is planned to expire later this summer, the company says.