Dell’s luanched its last XP systems, the Inspiron 530s (from $549) and 530 (from $799), as well as the Inspiron 1520 notebook (from $799). All systems come with Windows XP Home Edition, Intel processors and at least 2 GB of system memory. The models XPS 210 and XPS 630 models also remain available until midnight June 18.
Dell said that the June 18 date has been put in place to meet Microsoft’s June 30 last-day-to-ship OEM Windows XP deadline. After June 18, buyers of certain products can still get Windows XP via detour: Dell will be offering a downgrade service to Windows XP Professional for customers who are purchasing the desktop XPS 630 and 720 H2C or the notebook M1730. However, buyers will need to purchase Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate to be eligible for the downgrade.
According to Microsoft’s life-cycle policy, Windows XP Home Edition, Professional, Tablet PC Edition, Professional x64 Edition and Media Center Edition will no longer be available to the direct OEM and retail channel after June 30, 2008. System builder licenses will be offered until January 31, 2009. Mainstream support for Windows XP willr emain available until April 14, 2009.
Source:→ TG Daily