Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Apr 2008 22:22 UTC
Windows As you surely know by now, the latest hype on the web is stories, news, or supposedly new quotes regarding the potential availability of Windows XP after June 30th, when Microsoft will cease selling the seven year old operating system. The latest development? Big PC companies like Dell and HP have found a backdoor to keep on selling XP after 30 June. And no, it doesn't involve Windows 2003.
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RE[2]: So?
by Phloptical on Sun 27th Apr 2008 03:59 UTC in reply to "RE: So?"
Phloptical
Member since:
2006-10-10

Basically, the OS licensing we do is slightly convoluted...or at least it is to me. Maybe it's SOP to other folks. We purchase a machine from our system builder that has an XP OEM license on it. It's then ghosted with the copy of the Open License version of XP that we've purchased. According to MS it's legit, not that it's any big surprise. The license has been purchased, twice, almost.

Now with the advent of Vistard with MAC, and VLM (?), the world gets a whole lot more difficult.

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RE[3]: So?
by zlynx on Sun 27th Apr 2008 05:21 in reply to "RE[2]: So?"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

Here's the real reason MS won't let anyone sell "bare" machines. Businesses with MS site/volume licenses would be glad to buy a no-OS Dell $50 cheaper, and they'd still be completely legal.

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RE[4]: So?
by Lennie on Sun 27th Apr 2008 08:19 in reply to "RE[3]: So?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

if you are a big business that has a site license and you buy a large number of PC's (with I presume a OEM-windows-license ?) why don't you send that OEM-license to Microsoft, they would have to give you 50 or 70 bucks per PC. Right ?

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