Microsoft extends Windows XP to 2011

Michael Silver of Gartner criticized Microsoft's plans to limit sales of PCs with Windows XP for only six months after Windows 7 (download) debuts. Just hours later, Microsoft said it would extend the aged operating system's lifespan in the post-Windows 7 world to as late as April 2011, and confirmed a new policy: "Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate […]

Michael Silver of Gartner criticized Microsoft's plans to limit sales of PCs with Windows XP for only six months after Windows 7 (download) debuts. Just hours later, Microsoft said it would extend the aged operating system's lifespan in the post-Windows 7 world to as late as April 2011, and confirmed a new policy:

"Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate customers will have the option to downgrade to Windows XP Professional from PCs that ship within 18 months following the general availability of Windows 7 or until the release of a Windows 7 service pack, whichever is sooner, and if a service pack is developed," a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

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