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Goodbye to Windows XP
June 30, 2008 marks the spot. After this deadline, Windows-based computers will no longer ship with XP as the operating system, and you'll get Vista. Gee, we hope you like it because if not, you're only other option is a Mac.
OK, so that's not entirely true, but it's pretty close. Microsoft said that it will still allow certain Vista PCs to be system downgraded to the XP software—sheesh, tell us how you really feel—and will then allow an upgrade to Vista at some point in the future without an additional fee.
Microsoft also said it plans to provide mainstream support until 2009 and extended support until 2014. That means if you're a bit partial to your XP service, you may want to consider the extended support option. Major players on the PC front, such as Hewlett Packard, Dell and Lenovo, have said they'll continue to sell XP until the deadline (only two weeks away!) but after that, it'll be Vista…or with some high-end Vista systems, a XP downgrade CD will be included in the box.
Even through a "Save XP!" movement and continued criticism of the Vista program, Microsoft is going forward with the cut-off date. And coincidence or not: this deadline coincides quite conveniently with Bill Gates stepping down to a part-time capacity. Hmm…something to think about.
Which do you prefer, XP or Vista? Do you think it's a smart move on Microsoft's part to dump XP? [CNET]