Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2006 12:45 UTC
Windows "Microsoft set out to adopt a formal and rigid support lifecycle in 2002, back at a time when most analysts were expecting to see Windows Vista within a couple of years. My own point of view was that this lifecycle business had a lot to do with Microsoft's then-new volume licensing scheme, which among other things is oriented towards selling software subscriptions. If you're buying a subscription for software, you can see how lifecycle plans become important. However, delays in Windows Vista coupled with a questionable approach to 'consumer' products means that 2007 will carry a few surprises unless policy changes are made at Redmond."
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RE[6]: Extraordinary
by rklrkl on Wed 4th Jan 2006 16:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Extraordinary"
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> 1. That's 5 1/2 years of product support - how much does the competition offer in this regard for a consumer OS?

Or spun alternatively - "does any of the competition wait 5.5 years between major releases of a consumer OS?". I strongly suspect that the Win XP Home support deadline will be extended (BTW, what "support" does MS give for XP Home anyway? And is it is free or cheap?) - didn't they extend it for WIndows 98 SE for example?

I'm still hoping that when Vista finally rolls around, some big OEM will bravely decide to give customers a choice (e.g. Vista or no OS, with no OS/software for the latter of course) - it's ridiculous that consumer PCs from big OEMs *still* have to come with Windows!

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