Microsoft keeps XP on life support for another six months



In a not-entirely-unanticipated development, Microsoft have once again announced that you’ll be able to continue buying Windows XP for another six months. Expect a similar announcement in another six months’ time. Microsoft was originally going to stop selling XP in January, but this announcement extends the deadline to next July.

The operating system remains a popular product – it’s sat in the top 20 on Amazon’s bestsellers list for years now. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, isn’t exactly encouraging business users to switch to Vista either – telling them to do it when they upgrade hardware too.

I’m a big fan of Vista, and as Dan revealed recently, virus infection rates on Vista are very low. XP might be faster on slower machines, but if you’re getting a new computer, there’s absolutely no reason not to pick Vista. Initial teething problems are well and truly sorted.

From Microsoft’s perspective, if the demand’s still there, there’s no reason to stop selling the OS, but in the long term, it’s really putting the boot in to poor beleaguered Vista. Perhaps the upcoming Windows 7 might reverse Microsoft fans’ obsession with an OS that’s seven years old, but in the meantime, let’s give Vista a chance, yeah?

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Duncan Geere
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