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The Windows XP Death Line Approaches How it Survives

Windows XP Dead lineJune 30, and sun will set on probably one of the most loved operating systems: Windows XP. With just two weeks left to the XP's official "kill" date, it seems fans have not been successful in persuading the Redmond giant to extend the XP deadline.

Here's looking into how XP, which analysts term as the biggest competition for Microsoft's latest OS Vista, can continue to live after its termination.

XP will be available on PCs from smaller computer makers known as "system builders" until January 31, 2009.

Also, the low-end Windows XP Starter Edition will continue to be available in emerging markets until June 30, 2010.
Windows XP will be available for so-called ultra-low-cost-PCs until June 30, 2010. According to Microsoft documents outlining the programme for PC manufacturers, Windows XP Home will only be available on systems with the following specs:

  • A 1GHz or slower single-core processor (with exceptions for the Via C7 and Intel Atom N270)

  • Up to 1GB of memory

  • Hard drives up to 80GB

  • Displays that are 10.2 inches or smaller

  • No touch-screen


For companies manufacturing PCs that meet these specs, Windows XP will be available.

Microsoft's public statement on their site reads, "On June 30, Microsoft will stop distributing Windows XP as a stand-alone product that you can buy shrink-wrapped in the store. We'll also stop sending it to Dell, HP, Lenovo and all the other major PC manufacturers to sell on their PCs."

But as the company itself says, this in no way means that Windows XP is going to disappear overnight.
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Users can still see copies of the software -- or computers pre-loaded with it -- for months, as stores and PC makers work through their inventory. This means that if a retailer stocked up on copies of XP before June 30, it can sell XP for as long as those supplies last.

Three of the world's largest PC manufacturers -- Dell, Lenovo and HP -- are exploiting loopholes in Microsoft licensing terms as a means to supply Windows XP beyond its official end date.

Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Business come with downgrade rights. Computer makers are using this option to offer machines that appear as Windows XP products but are "factory downgraded" to XP. Microsoft says it will continue to make XP discs available to computer makers to enable downgrade rights through at least January 31, 2009.

According to details posted on Dell website, which was the first company to announce that it will continue to offer Windows XP to consumers even after June 30:

"Per the Microsoft Windows life-cycle policy, direct OEM and retail license availability for Windows XP will end-of-life (EOL) on June 30, 2008. To meet Microsoft's June 30 last-day-to-ship OEM Windows XP deadline, June 18 is the last time to purchase a Dell laptop, desktop, or workstation with an OEM Windows XP license (or while supplies last)."

"After June 18, you have the option to purchase Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate with a downgrade service to Windows XP Professional." "This option will be available on XPS 630, 720 H2C, and M1730 systems. After June 18, Windows XP will no longer be offered on currently available Inspiron desktops."

Microsoft is not ending support for Windows XP. Mainstream support continues until 2009, while extended support is due to continue till April 2014.

Under mainstream support, Microsoft delivers complimentary as well as paid support, free security updates and bug fixes to all Windows customers who purchase a retail copy of Windows XP (i.e. a shrink-wrapped, not pre-installed, copy). Mainstream support for Windows XP will continue through April 2009.

Extended support delivers free security updates to all Windows customers. Customers can also pay for support on a per-incident basis. Extended support for Windows XP will continue until April 2014. New bug fixes require the Extended Hotfix Support programme.

Courtesy: Indiatimes News Network
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