Monday, 06 Oct, 2008 Technology
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Microsoft's Vista to XP Downgrade Program Will Run Longer Than Expected

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Microsoft announced that the software it developed to allow vendors to include or provide a downgrade from Windows Vista to XP would be available for a longer period of time than it was earlier expected.

Windows XP is still used by many corporate customers who haven't switched to the new operating system from Microsoft. The software giant developed the downgrade feature in order to make the transition easier and in case companies do decide to switch to Vista they will already have the Vista license.

An additional problem lies in systems that have more power than those for which the software company provides XP licenses, such as notebooks and ultra-low cost desktops, which however, are not powerful enough to run properly the current operating system, Vista. Today, the demand for Windows XP is still high, but Microsoft doesn't seem to want to fulfill this demand, despite the fact that the giant will carry on developing security patches until April 2014.

Earlier the company had announced that its downgrade feature would be available until January 2009. Nevertheless there is information that Microsoft will offer Windows XP to be in combination with Vista till the end of July 2009. Users will still have the right to use the downgrade option. Thus sellers and their clientele will still have the opportunity to legally install Windows XP, but of course only in case they have the appropriate media. However, the company leaves nothing to the clients of small PC suppliers, since it announced that the January 31, 2009 cutoff would be preserved for system builders, those who want to acquire XP licenses for the operating systems they assemble for their clientele.

It seems that the actual importance of Microsoft's announcement is in the fact that there will only be a short time segment during which Vista will be the company's central operating system.

Source: iTWire

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