As for the "other" OS, Vista, it's hard to say what its future holds.
XP's expiration date (or should that be XPiration date?) could come dangerously
close to flirting with the launch of Windows 7, a signal that, perhaps,
Microsoft really is ready to let Vista stumble out into the cold and die by
the side of the road -- a fate many users would still consider too good for
the troubled OS.
It's worth noting here that Volume Licensing customers get downgrade rights
regardless of what's happening with OEM downgrades -- an oft-misunderstood detail
that Microsoft's PR firm was careful to point out in relation to a recent
Redmond magazine story. So XP's lifeline will mostly apply to consumers
and small businesses, but it's still a sign to partners that Microsoft isn't
likely to stop supporting the trusted old OS any time soon.
All of which reinforces a notion that's becoming clearer and clearer: Windows
7 had better be pretty good. With Vista turning users away in fairly large numbers
and Software as a Service making the OS itself a little more obsolete by the
day, Windows 7 will step into a harsh reality when it does finally come out.
In the meantime, if you're in the market for a computer, you might want to consider
buying one by the end of July 2009. That's when Microsoft's supposedly going
to cut off supplies of XP. Supposedly...but we'll believe it when we see it.
We're always open to a good round of Vista bashing as well as some Vista praise.
Send your thoughts to [email protected].
Posted by Lee Pender on 10/08/2008 at 1:22 PM
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