Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 22:40 UTC
Windows Microsoft will shutter its Windows XP line June 30, as planned, ceasing sales of Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home to retailers and direct OEMs, Microsoft confirmed to eWEEK April 3. The statement from Redmond executives ends weeks of speculation that Microsoft would extend the life of the operating system as users turn up their nose at Vista, the operating system meant to supplant XP, and OEMs argue lighter versions of desktops and notebooks don't have the juice to run Vista.
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RE: This is just such a bad move
by jaypee on Fri 4th Apr 2008 03:50 UTC in reply to "This is just such a bad move"
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Sure, I do understand of course that they wish to make money off of Vista which they spent years and years in making. But, XP is just so much better in many cases, and a lot of people just generally likes XP more. Forcing Vista to people who don't want it will absolutely not make those people like Microsoft. The only positive things they get out of it are more money, and they can brag how they have boosted Vista sales (they'll probably claim it's all because of SP1 or something similar)

I have to agree. I recently purchase a new laptop and it has Vista Home Premium. I dual boot with Linux (latest Ubuntu beta, for now) and rarely touch Windows. I also agree with others in thinking that Win2K was the last great Microsoft OS.

I have said it before and I'll say it again -- XP and, now, Vista both felt like betas that were released on the public to squash bugs. How long did it take for XP to become "stable"? I can tell this -- I work for a major hospital and the mere mention of Vista gets eyes rolling. So, though they stop selling it, I don't see XP being out of the picture for a long while afterward. In fact, I could forsee a scenario where companies try to skip Vista altogether in hopes that the next version of Windows will be better put together.

Edited 2008-04-04 03:52 UTC

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