XP gets five-month reprieve

Microsoft agrees to extend availability of Windows XP operating system.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 1, 2007

Software giant Microsoft has responded to demands from customers and PC vendors by agreeing to provide OEM versions of its Windows XP operating system for an extra five months.

A-brand PC vendors such as Dell were originally destined to stop selling XP-based machines after January 31, 2008. However, after much lobbying of Gates and Co., the vendors have been granted permission to continue selling PCs with Windows XP preloaded until June 30 next year - a reprieve of an extra five months for XP.

"While Windows Vista sales are still going strong...we recognise there are some customers that need more time," Kevin Kutz, a director in Microsoft's Windows Client unit, said, according to a report by CNet.

As far as its retail plans for the OS are concerned, Microsoft has said it plans to keep XP on store shelves for a longer period. It will also allow computer makers in emerging markets to build machines featuring Windows XP Starter Edition until June 2010.

Vendors said they welcomed the decision.

"This allows the installed base of Windows XP users more time to manage the transition to Vista, which is important for some smaller companies with limited resources," Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing for Fujitsu, said.

There is still demand for XP in the Middle East, according to local suppliers.

"We still supply the XP OS on demand," said Manoj Kisani, director of Sky Electronics. "In this region's retail market it's now all about Vista, however some corporate clients do request the Professional XP version."

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