Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:42 UTC
Windows "I can't count how many times people have asked me if Windows XP would be available on new PCs following Vista's release. In the near term, the answer is as much a factor of user demand and OEM and system builder policies. That said, Microsoft will make Windows XP available for from 12 to 24 months after Vista's general availability, depending on the sales channel."
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Support
by Beresford on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 20:20 UTC
Beresford
Member since:
2005-07-06

The only problem I see is that support is going to run out for XP sooner rather than later.

we estimate Windows XP Professional Mainstream Support ending in late December 2008, with Extended Support ending in December of 2013
taken from http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060103-5891.html
I couldn't find it on Microsoft's website.

XP Home support is going to be ending even sooner than that but shouldn't really matter.
Most home users are happy with what they get.

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RE: Support
by JonathanBThompson on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 21:06 in reply to "Support"
JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

Indeed, like many corporate owners, one of my brothers is still sufficiently happy with Windows 98 on his computer (which admittedly is insufficient to run Vista nicely as-is) and chances are he'll still be using it as long as that computer is functional, despite all its shortcomings: he doesn't have the real desire to upgrade when what he's already got appears to serve his needs more than well enough (I'm the computer geek in the family: he's a steam engine/railroad geek, and uses his computer largely towards supporting that) and doesn't require him to buy new stuff.

In short, he'll end up with a more recent version of Windows when his computer dies and he replaces it with a new one that it comes with, and it isn't likely to be a moment sooner than that. Considering he upgraded to his current P3 system from a 386, that could be a bit longer...

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RE[2]: Support
by Anonymous Penguin on Sun 24th Dec 2006 00:05 in reply to "RE: Support"
Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

That is exactly what happened to my sister. She upgraded to a new laptop with Win XP when her P 2, Windows 98 laptop was destroyed by a thunderstorm, last year.

With other words, it is only the geeks who want always the latest and greatest.

Edited 2006-12-24 00:07

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RE[2]: Support
by jessta on Sun 24th Dec 2006 15:00 in reply to "RE: Support"
jessta Member since:
2005-08-17

The problem with continuing to run Win 98 is a lack of security patches, putting that on the internet is probably a bad move.

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RE: Support
by renox on Sun 24th Dec 2006 11:54 in reply to "Support"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

>XP Home support is going to be ending even sooner than that but shouldn't really matter.

Depends about what you're calling support: if it is security updates, it *does* matter.

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