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Is Microsoft reconsidering decision to ax XP?

Posted: 28 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer gave a glimmer of hope to Windows XP fans, saying the company may reconsider its decision to stop selling the OS by June 30, according to the Associated Press.

Ballmer, however, told reporters at a news conference at Louvain-La-Neuve University that most consumers these days buy PCs with pre-installed Windows Vista OS.

Fans of the XP OS have plastered the Web with petitions to keep the six-year-old OS, trumpeting its superiority over Microsoft's latest OS, Windows Vista. Ballmer argued that customers who are buying PCs with XP are IT departments who are having a hard time shifting old machines to newer technology.

Deadline set
Still, despite Ballmer's non-committal statement to reconsider shelving XP, the PC World reported that a spokeswoman from Microsoft's public relations firm disclosed there is no plan for a change in deadline.

Reading from a Microsoft statement, the spokeswoman said the company's plan for Windows XP availability remains unchanged. The statement added that Microsoft is confident about the move, based on the feedback from customers and partners.

Some 160,000 have already signed an online Save XP Web petition, asking the software giant to keep selling it the OS until the next version of Windows is released, currently targeted for 2010.

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