That’s right. In spite of all the stuff and nonsense about Vista and XP’s so-called “End of life”, Dell is going to be offering Windows XP past the cutoff date set by Microsoft.
It boils down to the fact that anyone buying either the Business or Ultimate versions of Vista is also entitled to a copy of Windows XP Professional.
This has been true for quite a while. Lots of people have been taking up this option to upgrade their Vista infected machines to Windows XP Pro by taking up this offer. The machines still come pre-infected with Vista, but you get a CD that allows you to change over to XP if you so desire.
The part that Dell is going to be doing is offering to do the XP install for you, before you take the machine home. I don’t suppose Microsoft is all that thrilled about it but them’s the brakes.
Besides, I saw mention on Cnet recently that Steve Ballmer himself said that if there’s enough customer demand for it, Microsoft would be willing to reconsider the XP “End of life” date.
YO!, Stevie Boy!
Wake up and smell the clue! (of course Michael Dell beat you to it like a year ago)
Vista blows and people want XP to stick around!
Fix it or more will move to linux…. Especially now that Ubuntu is *REALLY* close to a release that will satisfy most of the needs that were being filled by Windoze.