Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Windows XP available till 2014...?

Microsoft ended selling Windows XP in 2009. Many people still love it. It was a revolution in Windows. it was a perfect operating system. Vista perfected many of its flaws, especially the network icons in the notification area. Windows 7 was even a step forward. People still liked Windows XP. It is arguably probably the most widely supported OS out there. It can run almost everything the later versions can and has legacy support for older software. It surely saw a painful goodbye. But... Microsoft is allowing people to downgrade to Windows XP till 2014!

Windows 7 users still have the chance to downgrade to the old, beloved OS for the next few years. Microsoft says:

"Going forward, businesses can continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7. Enabling such rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle will make it easier for customers as they plan deployments to Windows 7."

Wow, so even MS seems to like older versions of its software. Windows 7 support is extending to 2020. So, people online don't seem sure if the XP downgrade opportunity is for the next four years, or the next...ten (??) years.