Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2007 21:39 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be able to provide 'downgrade' rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers. Microsoft will implement the first of the policy changes for its Gold Certified (top-tier) OEM partners within the next couple of weeks. The company will streamline downgrade-rights policies and procedures for the broader channel somewhat later, said John Ball, general manager of Microsoft's US Systems Group.
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Bad business move...
by Almafeta on Thu 28th Jun 2007 23:13 UTC
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2007-02-22

Part of the reason that XP was being moved to 'end of life' was an attempt to bring some sort of predictability to the support lifecycle system. 5 years primary support, 5 years extended support, with only limited extensibility of these dates. The idea was to get consumers to know exactly when a product would no longer be supported, so they could plan ahead instead of being surprsied.

And yet, Microsoft keeps extending XP's support. Not only does this increase the amount of work they have to do (what is that, 3 primary OSs now, two home and one server?), it's going to give them headaches down the road when Vista+1 comes out and tight-fisted bosses are still hanging back on Vista for as long as humanly possible...

Edited 2007-06-28 23:14

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