XP gets five month reprieve

September 28, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Posted in microsoft, ubuntu | Leave a comment

September 28, 2007 (Computerworld) — Bowing to what it calls customer feedback, Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it would sell Windows XP to large computer makers and at retail through the end of June 2008, five months later than the deadline it set when Vista shipped to the public earlier this year.

The decision will keep Windows XP on new PCs and store shelves until June 30, 2008. The original stop-sale date to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and at retail was Jan. 31, 2008. Smaller computer sellers, dubbed “system builders,” will still be able to preinstall Windows XP on machines until Jan. 31, 2009.

“There are some customers who need a little more time to make the switch

to ubuntu? It shouldn’t take that long.

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