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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vanfruniken
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2006-07-18

soon a lot fewer IT guys would be needed to keep the company computers running.

So this switch may never happen, unless the IT guys could finally get around to do some real work, rather than the work imposed by the whims of MS's Vista-producing machine.

I remember the demise of VMS, which (used to be a beautiful OS, but) was hampered by 1. an excessive load on IT staff to keep up with upgrading alone; 2. excessive software maintenance contract (read: upgrade) costs.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? (Except that with VMS hardly any apps broke after new system upgrades)

Edited 2007-06-28 23:52

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