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From: Microsoft
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 4:02 PM
To: karan_thakkar@msn.com
Subject: An Update on the Windows Client Roadmap

....

Windows XP
The "end of sales" date for Windows XP is officially June 30th 2008. What does this mean for support?

1) Mainstream support will continue until April 2009
2) We will continue to provide security updates and other critical fixes for Windows XP until April, 2014

For full details go to http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/

Will I be able to buy PCs with Windows XP after June 30?
We will stop selling Windows XP as a retail packaged product and licensing it directly through major PC manufacturers on 30th June 2008. You will still be able to purchase through partners but only until the stock diminishes.
The other question is about customers that have Windows Vista but want to exercise downgrade rights due to keeping a consistent estate or due to compatibility issues. The options here are:

1. If you are a larger business customer buying Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise or Windows Vista Ultimate, you have the right to use Windows XP Professional through a customer benefit known as "downgrade rights." These downgrade rights are also available to all our business customers that license Windows through volume licensing. However if you choose to downgrade, you will need to have access to a copy of Windows XP media with its product key in order to be able to do this. This is great value because it lets you use Windows XP today if you need it and then make the move to Windows Vista when you are ready without having to pay for an upgrade.

2. If you are a home or small business customer, you can also purchase Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate and then use downgrade rights (as above) until you are ready to upgrade to Windows Vista. When you are ready, you are "future proofed" since you already have a license for Windows Vista.

3. If you are a customer looking to buy a low-end system (often refered to as a "NetBook" or "Ultra-Low Cost PC") that uses very low-end hardware that won't run Windows Vista, then we are making Windows XP available for some time on these systems. In addition, we have programs to make Windows XP available in low volumes from local PC manufactures-and of course major OEMs have the option of offering these "low volume" offers as well.

Emma Healey, our UK licensing expert, has done a very thorough write up of this here

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Sad to see it go really
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Good riddance tbh. Maybe users will start upgrading to Vista now! Yay.
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While I love XP, time to move on. It will still be around and usable, but I can totally understand MS's stance one this. Also, maybe if more people had more options, we would end up with some better, cheaper OS's. (as in, all the people that will not choose Vista for whatever reason.)
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well i tried vista it kept giving blue screens coz of my sound card
and i just didnt want to deal with it

so i got XP back

and theres a learning curve going from XP to Vista which i dont want to waste my time one.

i dont know i am happy with XP i just dont want to go through the hassel of learing Vista

and i HATE thoes lil things what pop up asking do u want to continue or do u want to allow

i mean why would i click on a program to open or a setup file to install when i dont want to open or install the damn thing
is there a way to disable it?

plus i dont like the theme or look, XP is elegent yet simple, where as Vista i feel like the OS is a game

and then i see windows 7 SS


and i feel like where the hell is the world heading
it feels like a media center, i dont want a media center i want icons and lists, and plain texts on solid back grounds not see through or something
Edited by karan.t - 6/27/08 at 9:24am
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Originally Posted by karan.t View Post
well i tried vista it kept giving blue screens coz of my sound card
and i just didnt want to deal with it

so i got XP back

and theres a learning curve going from XP to Vista which i dont want to waste my time one.

i dont know i am happy with XP i just dont want to go through the hassel of learing Vista

and i HATE thoes lil things what pop up asking do u want to continue or do u want to allow

i mean why would i click on a program to open or a setup file to install when i dont want to open or install the damn thing
is there a way to disable it?

plus i dont like the theme or look, XP is elegent yet simple, where as Vista i feel like the OS is a game

and then i see windows 7 SS


and i feel like where the hell is the world heading
it feels like a media center, i dont want a media center i want icons and lists, and plain texts on solid back grounds not see through or something
That's what I don't like about some of new operating systems. It takes valuable resources just to run the desktop.
And soon enough, you'll hear fellow OCN members saying "well unused resources are wasted resources" like a broken record. But I like to save my resources for uses such as applications.
Because a computer without the ability to run the applications you want = a huge waste of hardware. Or a lack thereof...
    
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XP for life, vista for death!

The first time I used vista, i just screwed up lolzz, in games i got half the framerate i used to get in XP, it asks permission for everything it does yet it had a virus attack, BSOD's, no compatability, and a mountain of hilarious memory usage.
XP is the best forever.

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Sad to see it go really
lol don't be too sad. Remember how long they supported Windows 98 because soo many users refused to upgrade to Windows XP.
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Originally Posted by karan.t View Post
Looks like linux
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It's not like we all didn't see it coming...... Xp's been around for a while. Everything comes to an end
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That's what I don't like about some of new operating systems. It takes valuable resources just to run the desktop.
And soon enough, you'll hear fellow OCN members saying "well unused resources are wasted resources" like a broken record. But I like to save my resources for uses such as applications.
Because a computer without the ability to run the applications you want = a huge waste of hardware. Or a lack thereof...
Excatly my Thoughts, OS is ment to be a platform to run programs on not for it to be a hugh bulky media center.


Quote:
Originally Posted by KamuiRSX View Post
lol don't be too sad. Remember how long they supported Windows 98 because soo many users refused to upgrade to Windows XP.
ya i know
and we will all soon be on windows 7 before we go to vista
coz i feel vista is like windows 2000 or Windows Me
went from 98 to XP and skiped on 2000/Me



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Originally Posted by Vegnagun666 View Post
It's not like we all didn't see it coming...... Xp's been around for a while. Everything comes to an end
even ur OCN account muhahahahahhaa
Edited by karan.t - 6/28/08 at 2:48am
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