XP might continue to be released after June 30th


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Mick Murphy

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Microsoft planning to phase out Windows XP on June 30th
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MICROSOFT could re-think plans to phase out its Windows XP operating system
by June 30 if customers show they want to keep it but so far they have not,
chief executive Steve Ballmer said.

"XP will hit an end-of-life. We have announced one. If customer feedback
varies we can always wake up smarter but right now we have a plan for
end-of-life for new XP shipments," Mr Ballmer said on Thursday.

Microsoft has announced that it will stop licensing Windows XP to computer
makers and end retail sales by June 30.

Mr Ballmer said most retailers sold computers with Vista, the latest version
of its Windows operating system, and most consumers were choosing to buy
Vista.

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Some consumers have complained they were unable to buy XP at retail stores,
or as consumers. They say that in order to get XP they must buy their
computers as small businesses.

"In the business environment, we still have customers who are buying PCs
with XP" because information technology departments often have to work with
old machines, Mr Ballmer said.

Vista requires high-speed central processing units installed only in newer
machines.

Mr Ballmer was also asked whether the company would appeal against an 899
million euro ($1.51 billion) antitrust fine imposed by the Brussels-based
European Commission in February.

"I really have nothing to say about that today, sorry," he said.

The company must decide by early May whether to appeal to the European Court
of First Instance against the fine, imposed because the Commission found
Microsoft had charged rivals high prices to discourage software competition.

The court upheld a 497 million euro ($830.45 million) fine and other
antitrust penalties against Microsoft in a landmark decision in September.

Mr Ballmer was speaking at a news conference called to announce the
establishment of an "innovation centre" in the Belgian city of Mons, near
where rival Google has a data centre.

Mr Ballmer, asked whether Microsoft had decided to locate in Mons because
Google was there, said it had not.

He reiterated Microsoft's plan to go to Yahoo shareholders if that company
turned down its takeover offer of $US43.6 billion ($46.43 billion).

"We've sent them a letter that says, 'it's a good price, please let us know.
If you don't let us know, maybe your shareholders will think it's a good
price.'"
 
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Earle Horton

That would be "relevant" or "pertinent", but not "relative". Are you
suggesting that Microsoft should dump the entire Vista code base and start
development of a new operating system based on XP? It sure seems so.

Cheers,

Earle
 
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DarkSentinel

Gordon said:
Note the title of this group. Do you see "XP" in it anywhere?

Take pity on them Gordon, they make Forrest Gump look like Einstein by
comparison.
 
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DarkSentinel

vishhiita prime said:
Its relative because if XP is no longer sold, only vista will be sold.
Thus what happens to XP directly affects vista...

and anyway.. all that we need to say about vista has already been said>
Its Crap

And everyone says YOU are crap, yet YOU keep opening YOUR pie hole.
 
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DarkSentinel

Earle Horton said:
That would be "relevant" or "pertinent", but not "relative". Are you
suggesting that Microsoft should dump the entire Vista code base and start
development of a new operating system based on XP? It sure seems so.

He doesn't even know what he is saying from one minute to the other. Like
the other smacktards he makes stuff up as he goes along.
 
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Frank

vishhiita said:
whatever I have said about vista is based an a very in depth understanding
of what makes an OS good or not.

Stupidity? Incompetence? Lack of intelligence? Inflated ego? Need to be
noticed?
Or all of the above?
the funny posts and comments are only added for amusement. Its just that
some people are too dorky to understand *see dark sentinel idiot"

You're referring to yourself of course...LOL!
Frank
 
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DarkSentinel

vishhiita prime said:
whatever I have said about vista is based an a very in depth understanding
of what makes an OS good or not.

Apparently not, since you you have the comprehension level of an amoeba.
Unlike you some of us have actually been doing this a while, and DO know
what we are talking about. Hint here, YOU are NOT in that category.
the funny posts and comments are only added for amusement. Its just that
some people are too dorky to understand *see dark sentinel idiot"

Good one skippy. You make that one up all by yourself, or did mommy help you
with the words bigger than one syllable?
 

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