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Microsoft Again Extends XP Cut Off For Developers

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Extends XP Cut Off For Developers AGAIN

It just won't die, will it...

In what is now the eighth story we've run about yet another Windows XP sales extension it seems Microsoft is indeed making good on the October promise it was alleged to have discussed with system builders and distributors to not cut all sales on 31 January 2009.

In an email to CRN (hello my old chums) and its online site ChannelWeb, Ballmer's boys confirmed that it will now allow final order deliveries to be extended until 30 May. In short it still means that disties and system builders will need to order up all their stock by 31 January but they can spread delivery and - vitally - payment over the ensuing four months. This should come as a major boon during this nasty creditamous crunchitatous and for the man on the street will mean we'll be able to pick up Windows XP laptops comfortably until Windows 7 launches the middle of the year.

It is also the clearest indication to date that Microsoft has come to terms with the fact that millions of customers are simply going to skip Vista and sit it out for the rather more promising Windows 7. Of course some of this is harsh because Vista has improved immeasurably since its initial release, but you just can't shove out something that broken on day one - especially years late.

That said, the ridiculous Mojave Experiment and millions spent in bizarre marketing campaigns (Gates/Seinfeld ads, anyone? At all?!) clearly didn't change enough people's initial perceptions so it's good to see the company subtly moving on...


via CRN

Tim 4

December 22, 2008, 9:33 pm

Windows 7 should be re-named Vista SP2 and offered as a free upgrade to those of us who bought a copy of Vista! As if...


December 22, 2008, 9:35 pm

Love it Tim, love it!


December 22, 2008, 10:21 pm

I honestly do not understand why MS is so desperate to fase out XP. They still sell it don't they? They still make a profit from it don't they? In fact I think they profit more from a sold copy of XP Pro than they do from Vista Business. So why is it so important for them to have only one single Operating System. Why not two? Think about Ford or Volkswagen or Toyota selling just a single model. Or Philips or Sony selling just one model TV. How weird would that be? Does MS really think such a business model couldn't work for operating systems.


December 22, 2008, 10:30 pm

Indeed. Looks like my plan to outwait Vista isn't terribly original. Here's hoping 7 isn't a bloatfest.


December 23, 2008, 1:20 am

Vista SP1 might be a decent OS (I use it for DX10) but it doesn't do anything (besides said DX10) for me that XP SP1+ wouldn't do and probably do better. Vista still is buggier than XP SP1+, nothing major, but annoying stuff nonetheless, and slower too.

If I wasn't so lazy, I'd go back to XP. Microsoft should just accept that they can't make everybody use each and every version of their Windows. Apple seems to accept that people skip OSX versions too.


December 23, 2008, 2:23 am

I've sold my Vista laptop and am currently using an XP Thinkpad until I buy a new one. While XP does the job there are loads of minor things that I miss from Vista. Granted, Vista just wouldn't run well on the XP machine I'm using but given decent hardware I'd choose Vista every time.


Only Apple can get away with charging for a service pack (Snow Leopard).


December 23, 2008, 3:39 am

apple can practically get away with anything. if steve jobs *took a dump* in a bowl and put an apple logo and "made in california" sticker on it, it'd sell for hundreds.


December 23, 2008, 4:26 am




December 23, 2008, 4:36 am


Apple is finally releasing the iDump ? I cannot wait!, lets hope we don't have to wait for a version 2 for it to be fully functional though.

Hamish Campbell

December 23, 2008, 2:09 pm

I hope everyone isn't a bit optimistic about Windows7. I bet Vista looked pretty decent on initial specs too. Why does anyone thing 7 is going to be significantly more successful?

Especially if its another major departure, then its green fields again which microsoft have a knack of turning into blue fields/screens.....blue fields of death....nope sorry can't make that metaphor work.


December 23, 2008, 3:01 pm

> I honestly do not understand why MS is so desperate to fase out XP.

I suppose they need to push the Vista route so that it becomes the norm, if we all just kept with XP then M$ would end up having no OS to sell. I think the thing that might have got a lot of people angry about Vista was the D10 route they took, they was no reason D10 couldn't be implemented on XP, and they is even hacks to prove this.

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