Windows XP gets four more months to live
Microsoft has extended the deadline for smaller PC builders and resellers to use the Windows XP until May 30 2009, four more months added to the previously announced date of January 31 2009, according to the BBC.
The customers have reacted very badly with the Vista OS because of its cost and component of the PC to make it run. Many major PC manufacturers have offered to downgrade several Vista-installed laptops to Windows XP.
Although XP will disappear as an option for most computer buyers, the operating system will live on in several key ways. XP will be available on PCs from smaller computer makers until May 30, 2009. XP will be available for so-called ultra-low-cost-PCs until June 30, 2010. The low-end Windows XP Starter Edition will continue to be available in emerging markets until June 30, 2010. Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Business come with downgrade rights. Some computer makers are using this option to offer machines that appear as Windows XP products but are downgraded to XP. The downside is that only pricier versions of Vista qualify, but the benefit is that the machines come with the option to eventually move to Vista for no added fee. Microsoft says it will continue to make XP discs available to computer makers to enable downgrade rights through at least May 30, 2009.
The mainstream support for the Windows XP continues until 2009, while extended support is not due to end until April 2014.