Windows XP: Going Off the Market?
With Windows Vista’s popularity still on the low side, Microsoft is trying anything they can think of to boost their new operating system’s sales. Unfortunately, they have found one method that most of us will have a hard time accepting. On June 30, 2008, Microsoft will basically “kill off” their famous operating system of Windows XP, taking it off the market all together.
This fate was expected, since XP was originally released in 2001, but with the push of Vista, the loss will be even harder on Windows users. Windows XP users can still continue to run the operating system for as long as they want, but product support from Microsoft will end on April 14, 2009. That’s also when it will become even harder to buy the XP operating system.
So, why would Microsoft remove Windows XP from the market? Well, like most software corporations, Microsoft is out to make a profit, while also providing the newest and most up to date software to their customers. Since Vista is their latest version of Windows, they are trying to make it the most popular operating system on the market. Therefore, they are removing the older versions of Windows from the market to make more room for Vista.
Also, larger enterprises have been slow in transitioning their computer systems from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Microsoft hopes that by removing Windows XP, those larger organizations will finally make the move over to Vista.
For those of you who are looking at buying a new computer and want Windows XP installed on it, you’ll want to grab a copy before June 2008. Just giving you a heads up!
~ Jack William