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Windows XP's Final Day is 30th June

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Windows XP's final day still June 30, but low-cost PCs get two more years.

"Confirming the rumors that devices such as Asus' Eee PC are prolonging the life of XP, Microsoft today announced that the previously-established June 30, 2008 cutoff date for OEM and retail Windows XP sales was final, except for the new class of what the company has termed ULCPCs: Ultra Low-Cost PCs.

The nebulously-named class of computers including UMPCs, MIDs, Origami devices, subnotebooks and even desktops that offer lower power have received the official Ultra Low Cost PC (ULCPC) moniker from Microsoft.

Companies making these devices have also received an extended 2-year period (or until Windows 7 comes out, whichever is latest) in which their machines can come equipped with Windows XP, but only the Home edition of the operating system.

Microsoft has said that the extension reflects the company's commitment to deliver "the right version of Windows for new device categories as they emerge."

The company said today, "[We] recognize that there is a growing class of hardware-constrained, lower cost PCs that would benefit from a different Windows based solution. While Windows Vista provides an easier and more secure user experience, Windows XP Home provides an effective solution on these devices from a performance and cost perspective."

In September, at the behest of both customers and partners, Microsoft pushed back the date for OEMs to cease preloading their "regular" systems with XP. As that June 30 date approaches, Microsoft has made it clear that there will be no more extensions, and mainstream technical support will be available only until April 2009. Extended support --for pay support and security fixes-- goes until April 2014.

Microsoft was not swayed by the "Save Windows XP" petition, which has been signed by over 100,000 people asking the company to continue sales of the now 6 and a half year old operating system.

Windows XP: October 25, 2001 - June 30, 2008"

Source: betanews.com

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i wonder why microsoft doesnt wait untill their new operating system is released....or at least beta.....

Because it will be late 2010 before Windows 7 is ready..  By that time the code base of XP be close to 9 years old... 98 had a support life time of June 25th, 1998 to July 11, 2006.  So XP is actually outlasting 98 which if you remember was a huge deal when MS ended support because not all of the companies had migrated to XP... I know in 2005 I had an internship where NT4.0 servers were still being used and Windows 2000 Pro was still the desktop OS.  Microsoft is trying to extend the lightweight support because they know that Vista is not for the eeePC generation of devices and currently the only OS that is light enough to run on such a device is Linux.  That being said, MS has publicly stated that Windows 7 will be modular so my guess is that there will be a light weight version to pickup where XP left off and then you can add modules to create a full fledged desktop OS.

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i wonder why microsoft doesnt wait untill their new operating system is released....or at least beta.....

Could it be that, they maybe want to make some money off vista. If they keep XP around people are going to be buying that over vista, because majority of people can't stand vista.

The faster they drop XP, the faster we can all move on. And hopefully MS won't make the same mistakes with windows 7 and actually do something good with it. And maybe not copy all the other OS's around.

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Oh there will be plenty of support on the net for xp. Sure you can buy xp for sometime to come. If windows 7 goes the way vista has so far, Xp may be the os every one just continues to use wither microsoft likes it or not. There are still lots of users still using windows 98, and If ya poke around I am sure you can still buy a copy.

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Well, stopping the sales of Win XP could be the single most effective way of making people but the new OS. Just one question though: If sale of Win XP Professional will be stopped, will it already be legal to use the downloadable version of  XP Pro (such as the ones you get from torrents)? Well, they are no longer selling copies of it...

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