XP Shelf Life Extended After Vista Reluctance

The Wow clearly hasn't started.

Benny has already addressed this issue in elegant fashion while I have increasingly ranted, raved and made generally disparaging comments. Either way however you should certainly have the impression: ”we’re not great fans of Windows Vista”. Consequently, we are feeling a warm glow inside today since millions of you clearly feel the same…

In an embarrassing setback for the company, Microsoft has today been forced to extend the shelf life of Windows XP by five months to 30 June 2008 on the back of strong consumer demand. The software giant had been expected to stop selling the ageing platform on 30 January 2008 after anticipating its latest and supposedly greatest OS would sweep all before it.

Of course this hasn’t happened. Instead Vista has suffered from poor hardware support, particularly graphics drivers, while even basic functionality (such as the much publicised delays experienced when moving and deleting files) has been heavily criticised. Furthermore, an overzealous approach to system security (which sees the user constantly prompted to give approval) along with hefty DRM and the controversially exclusive DirectX 10 have done nothing to win it fans.

Even industry reception has been limp with Dell starting to resell systems with XP and the Olympic committee declaring it believes Vista will be too unstable even for the 2008 Games.

By contrast Microsoft (constantly) states Vista is the fastest selling OS in its history, but in an increasingly computerised world where a) it has a 95 per cent market share and b) the vast majority of PCs ship with Vista preinstalled – that is no guarantee of customer approval.

Mainstream support for Windows XP SP2 still ends on 4 April 2009. Let’s hope Microsoft can get Vista right by then…

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