“Microsoft has laid to rest rumors that it might reconsider pulling Windows XP from retail shelves and from most PC makers next Monday. Microsoft’s Bill Veghte wrote to customers reiterating that June 30 would be the deadline when Microsoft halts shipments of boxed copies to retailers and stops licensing the operating system directly to OEMs. However, Veghte did leave the door open to all computer makers, even the largest, who want to continue selling new PCs with XP pre-installed. ‘Additionally, Systems Builders (sometimes referred to as “local OEMs”), may continue to purchase Windows XP through Authorized Distributors [such as Ingram Micro] through January 31, 2009,’ he wrote in the letter. ‘All OEMs, including major OEMs, have this option,’ said Veghte. At the same time, Microsoft confirmed Windows 7 would ship in January 2010. Who, if they have not already, would install Vista now?
Microsoft has said they will post the letter, but it’s not up yet.”
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The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7. This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don’t want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons. Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn’t have Vista on it. Corporate adoption of Vista has been bad; about half of the companies spoken to in a recent survey have started or are about to start testing a Vista rollout. Another way of looking at that is that half of those major corporations have no plans to switch for at least a year. It’s time to stock up on VLKs and to hope that they store well. Visit Slashdot for more information.