While Microsoft has been desperate to kill off Windows XP - not least to boost flagging Vista sales - it seems widespread demand for the comparatively streamlined OS has once again seen the Redmond giant move the goalposts...
News is coming through that the much vaunted XP downgrade service will once more be extended to OEMs and this time will last a whole further six months. Under the previous roadmap this scheme was to be ended in January 2009 but now according to a Microsoft email being circulated to systems' builders looks set to last until at least 31 July.
Microsoft has unsurprisingly refused to comment about the extension, especially since it follows the software giant's failed Mojave Experiment and Bill Gates / Gerry Seinfeld mind numbing Vista advertising campaigns. It also doesn't help the OS that XP's reduced disk accessing is reputedly far more friendly to SSDs - a technology which is wooing many in the upgrade market.
That said, expect the extension to the XP 'downgrade' scheme (surely a relative term) to be made very quietly official this week.
So those looking to hold off until Windows 7 finally look like they'll be able to skip Vista entirely.