Windows XP Gets Another Six Months to Live: Will Not Go Gently Into that Good Night

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According to a leaked email from a PC OEM, Microsoft has officially extended the life of its now-beloved Windows XP, moving the date of planned obsolescence from January 31, 2009 all the way to July 31, 2009. In the wake of its very expensive ad campaign promoting (in a roundabout way) Vista, the move is a bit surprising. Essentially, Microsoft is trying to let users skip Vista completely, moving directly from XP to its forthcoming OS, Windows 7. The deadline for OEMs to include Windows XP recovery discs has been pushed back a couple of times already, and apparently some Microsoft hardware partners want it even further in the future than July. XP has become the Bill Clinton of OSs (stay with me here): yeah, it was great at the time, but it's showing its age and its enthusiasm for the new guy is sometimes suspect. Windows 3.11 in 2008! [The Register UK]

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godwhacker--your-incandescent-old
godwhacker, your incandescent leader!

in all reality, who around here that uses xp worries about lack of MS support? anyone? bueller?

and as far as the clinton reference goes, he is more like ME. looked ok for the minute he was relevant, but ultimately created more problems than he solved.