Windows XP gets end-date reprieve, gets four more months to live

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Microsoft has extended the deadline for smaller PC builders and resellers to use the Windows XP Operating System up until May 30 2009, four more months added to the previously announced cut-off date of January 31 2009, according to the BBC. XP was originally supposed to disappear from shops on the January 30 2008, after Vista was released in early 2007.

While Vista has sold well, according to Microsoft, customers have reacted badly with the OS, with its cost of the operating system and the components of the computer to make it run. XP has only survived this long because of many people’s preference for XP; and many major PC manufacturers have offered to “downgrade” several Vista-installed laptops to Windows XP.

"Microsoft is making accommodation through a flexible inventory program that will allow distributors to place their final orders by January 31, 2009; and take delivery against those orders through May 30, 2009," a Microsoft representative told CNET News in a statement via e-mail. “This is not an extension of sales.”

However, even with the new date, XP is still not dead; as the operating system will be available to netbooks and ultra-low-cost PCs until June 30 2010, as well as its operating system for emerging markets, Windows XP Starter Edition. It is expected that Windows 7, the next version of the Windows operating system, will replace Vista in late 2009.