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Microsoft to continue XP for low-cost systems

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Thu April 3, 2008

MS extends XP support

One version of Windows XP will continue to be available years after other editions have ceased to exist, Microsoft has announced. XP Home, the most basic version of the operating system, will still be available for OEMs through at least June 2010, in order to support low-cost computers such as Intel's Classmate PC, and ASUS' popular Eee PC. This is because the systems have less RAM, smaller hard drives and inferior processors, making it difficult to run any version of Windows Vista.

The Associated Press notes that Microsoft had expected to stop selling most forms of XP by the end of June 2008, extending help only to small system-builders and computers built for poor countries, like the OLPC. The company now says though that there is unexpected demand in First World countries, particularly for those same machines intended for the Third World. Microsoft says it will in fact keep XP available for a year after the release of its Vista successor, commonly dubbed Windows 7.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    called it

    I'll stick by my assessment that M$ is not going to stop selling XP until one of either 2 things happens:

    1) Sales of XP drop dramtically. 2) Vista gets is improved by either getting more bugs out, using less system resources, or catches up a little more to OS X, thereby gaining some decent market share.

    Neither of these two things has happenned, so don't be surprised at this 'news.'

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969




    Do they even have a plan? Doofuses.

  1. alderplank

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A good day is one with no Vista.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Interesting that...

    ... their FreshStart program providing gratis Windows licenses for organizations with donated PCs jumped from Win95SE to Win2000 and never involved XP. There's another nail in the coffin.

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