With Windows Vista sweeping into our homes it seems Windows XP is already not long for this world...
In an interview with APC Frank Luburic, Lenovo's ThinkPad Product Manager, said "The OEM version of XP Professional goes next January. At that point, they'll have no choice."
OEM – or Original Equipment Manufacturer – is the white box edition of the product which is given to manufacturers to pre-install and supply on new PCs. When this runs out the effective take up of the OS goes up in smoke.
Ok, so what - it's an old OS why would anyone want a new PC with XP? Because Vista places far greater demands on the hardware (notably RAM and graphics) meaning those on tight budgets will be forced to splash out on a heavier spec machine than they would have otherwise required (Aero interface or not).
In sum, it's a powerful statement of intent by Microsoft but not one that is likely to be universally welcomed. The price of progress people, suck it up.
Or buy a Mac.