Interestingly enough, XP was supposed to die by May 30 of this year, yet reports indicate that Microsoft is going to allow HP to continue using XP in their computers until April 30, 2010. With all the hype surrounding the news Windows 7, it seems odd that Microsoft would still let XP float around, but according to a rumor, it’s very possible that is the case.
Now, don’t think they will be continuing to upgrade XP, only security updates will be maintained. The future of Microsoft lies with Windows 7 and Vista, not with the 8 year old XP. Of course, it will still cost you to downgrade to XP from Vista, as Microsoft wants people to give Vista a chance. However, if HP gets the green light to keep installing XP on their computers, I wouldn’t be surprised if other companies were allowed to use XP as well. Windows 7 is still slated for an October release, so it will be interesting to see how Windows 7 fares when XP is still going strong. The people who have tested the beta version of Windows 7 have been pretty pleased with the performance, as Microsoft learns from their Vista mistakes.
While I like XP very much, it’s sad to see Microsoft clinging so tightly to such an old OS. They are spending lots of money on advertising, praising Vista and Windows, and bashing Mac, but they are still sticking to XP. If this rumor proves to be true, one day Microsoft really needs to man up and stop XP and go with their new OSs and show they are making significant progress.