Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Ending of Windows XP by Microsoft
Windows XP was a huge success for Microsoft (7 years running), but like anything else its shelf-life has come to an end. Here are some “Fast Facts” concerning your ability to continue using or getting support for Windows XP from Microsoft.
Fast Fact 1: Microsoft ended the off the self sale of Windows XP earlier this year. (June 2008)
Fast Fact 2: You can still purchase computers with XP on them from a retailer.
Fast Fact 3: Support for Windows XP from Microsoft will be in effect until April 2014.
Fast Fact 4: Business customers may install Windows XP via the customer “Downgrade Rights” benefit. If you purchase Vista Business or Ultimate, you may down grade to Windows XP Professional until you are ready to start using Windows Vista, which makes you “Future Proofed” , since you already have a license for Windows Vista.
Microsoft letter to existing Windows XP Customers: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/letter.html