Windows XP to be retired in 2008

Indonesia
April 13, 2007 7:35am CST
Windows XP will stop being available on new PCs from the end of January 2008. Microsoft is keeping to a plan to stop selling the operating system even though surveys show a lukewarm response to Windows Vista among consumers. A poll by US market research firm Harris Interactive found that only 10% of those questioned were planning to upgrade to Vista in the near future. All versions of XP, including those made for for media centre or tablet PCs, are affected by the decision. wow. i like that. what your opinion about this.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
13 Apr 07
This is pretty typical of microsoft, they introduce a new opereating system every 2 to 3 years and as soon as the majoriy of users are using the current operating system they put out a new one to basically force people to upgrade or pay premium prices for it when they purchase a new computer. I believe they typically have about a 10 year window of support on each OS, but it can and does very with the use and popularity of the software. My opinion is this, I pretty much refuse to use any microsoft operating software until they have come out with a service pack 2. They OS's are just too buggy and have too many security problems until that second service pack.
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• Indonesia
13 Apr 07
yes that right. filmbuff. windows is to easy to operating system. but windows to me is very expensive for buy the original cd's. well SP 2 is good up grade from SP1 thar good performance and security. but always have bugger from this OS. i hope windows someday become a freeware :P :) heheheh
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I'm sure windows will become freeware eventually, the problem is that by the time it does, it will be so outdated that you wouldn't even dream of using it. MS-DOS is now freeware...think I'll run right out load that on my pc.. :)
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• Portugal
13 Apr 07
This is a good strategy. Only migrate when they have the second service pack.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
13 Apr 07
This is the first that I have heard of such an intention, although it does not surprise me. As software becomes more advanced the rate of advancement also accelerates, so I would not be surprised if Microsoft were not already making outline plans for the next generation of Windows. Windows Vista has been received with a lot less excitement than you suggest, and I for one have no intention of using it until the mass of hardware and software conflicts have been addressed. This is really the only way that Microsoft could hope to expand the usage of Windows Vista at the present, although it is not a very customer friendly approach.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I'm with you brother. When it's fixed, secure and I have little choice then I will upgrade to it. Microsoft sadly doesn't have to be customer friendly, they are the only game in town. Granted there is linux, but people and corporations aren't going to switch to a new software that doesn't have a huge company backing it and that isn't compatible with everything they have now. I for one, would really like to see more OS choices, it's a shame OS/2 Warp couldn't make it, maybe Sun will come out with something...
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@im2good4u (567)
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
i have also read a similar news. and in my opinion, removing XP that fast will just promote piracy. and also others might stock up on XP discs then sell them on Ebay at inflated prices when XP is discontinued. i say give XP till about Q4 2009 or Q1 2010.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I will definitely make sure to buy my new PC before January 2008. There is no way I am willing to pay good money for a high end PC just to have Vista on it.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I am not surprised by the lukewarm response by consumers. Microsoft was in such a hurry to launch Vista that they didn't take the time to get all the bugs out. I have no plans on upgrading, my computer couldn't handle it and I am quite happy with XP. If in the future, I buy a new computer I guess I won't have a choice, but I sure hope they have it running smoothly by then.
• Indonesia
14 Apr 07
yes. i think microsoft very needs money for up grade there product to become good performance. may be the technitian of microsoft need more money to make this product high quality and anti hacker hehheheh
• United States
14 Apr 07
Windows XP is a very stable operating system, and more so than Vista. If you install the appropriate anti-virus and anti-spyware software, you will be fine. Therefore, people do not want to upgrade to Vista because they don't want a new thing. Today I am going to format a couple computers, and I ask my clients if they want Vista or XP, and they all say XP. They don't want to learn a new OS.
• United States
14 Apr 07
You need really good computer for vista otherwise i heard it can be slow.
• Indonesia
14 Apr 07
yes. to make good performance, your computer must pentium 4 high to 1 ghz. memori 512MB, and important you must have good VGA card/ 64 or 128 MB.
@aletanz (44)
• Italy
13 Aug 07
no no no!! i continue to keep my Xp...it's perfect... maybe i'll install Ubuntu or i'll buy a Mac...but i don't like Vista...
@shajerrl (311)
• China
14 Apr 07
I dont care about that. Though the operating system in my computer is Xp, but i really like the effect that vista display. The EMS memory of my computer is 512M, it will be slowly to run vista. so i want upgrade my memory so that i can run vista quickly.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
14 Apr 07
I just hope they improve the Vista, My Tech said they will as they always do on the second edition, lets hope so then as I have heard some pretty negative things about it...
• India
14 Apr 07
The relative problem with Vista is that it requires powerful hardware (latest graphics and loads of RAM to begin with). Many manufacturers sell "Vista capable" PCs-that are capable to run Vista OS but nothing else really. If the hardware meets the higher and not minimal requirements Vista works well, I use it on home PC and have no issues.
@Talha22 (384)
• Pakistan
14 Apr 07
well i don't really think that its gonna happen cause till now windows 98 is available in the market so XP is also be available after 2008 in the market its just a rumor I think.
@sensesfail (2251)
• India
14 Apr 07
Yeah sounds like one of those marketing tricks adopted by billy G. :P. Windows Xp in fact is one of the BEST operating systems I've ever seen.It has good sound,good performance,doesn't hang up,nice interrupt features.On the whole it is one of th best operating systems made by Microsoft.Also XP with SP2 is remarkable good in terms of security cuz it has a nice firewall to it. But some still prefer the old windows 95 for its renown statibility and reliability and some prefer linux for its security.
@Writerbob (572)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Here's what to do: Keep running your current XP til the doom date Get a pirated copy and install it fresh then Turn off updates Use a strong proxy before signing on to your network And then you'll still get shut down because they won't be able to verify your software. Solution: Get a Mac or run Linux. It's end of the line for most thinking people and Nazisoft
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
If this is indeed true, then I see this as another maneuver by almighty microsoft to bully/strongarm people into using their newer,much expensive OS. why can't they just let people be and not bully them into getting new software just so they can earn? man, big big is aggressive, aint' he? i guess he wouldn't become the rich guy that he is today if he was soft and cared for people (yeah, yeah, he gives to charity)
@julaqq (141)
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
Too bad. I can't afford to buy the new Operation system Windows Vista. I hope they listen to what the consumer wants. I must say that Windows Vista is a great improvement from WinXP but for now, it's too soon that they shut off WinXP. We don't know fully yet How strong the security is for WinVista.
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
i dont know!but its weird.hahaha..pretty weird!:)
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I think they should keep it around for the people who need it or still want it. I like xp and although I haven't tried vista. I probably won till I get a new computer which will be a while since I just bought this one.
@bluewings (3857)
14 Apr 07
From what little I have read about Vista so far ,people aren't exceptionally liking it and so, I didn't upgrade to vista yet.I am planning on continuing with my XP.I don't know why would they take away XP when they are being reported so many incompatibilities and glitches in vista.I guess,it's just another marketing ploy .I hope they correct the errors before they decide to pull the plug on XP.
@r0131n (357)
14 Apr 07
Microsoft is in the business of making money so it is inevitable that they keep on upgrading their software. Now that I have finally learned to use XP to its full potential I am reluctant to upgrade to Vista until all the bugs have been ironed out. I'm sure that most of the software and hardware I use now will not work properly with Vista. I sure hope most people will take their time before leaving XP behind.
• Portugal
13 Apr 07
I think Windows XP will be available for much more time. Windows vista isn't catching people attention and Windows XP is still very good and don't need to be replaced.