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This Article Is Sponored By You! | Saturday, April 14, 2007 by Salman Siddiqui | Comments
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Despite consumer resistance to Vista, its compatibility problems, extra hardware requirements and high prices Microsoft has decided to stop the supply of Microsoft Windows XP by the end of this year.

By early 2008, Microsoft's contracts with computer makers will require companies to only sell Vista-loaded machines. "The OEM version of XP Professional goes next January," said Frank Luburic, senior ThinkPad product manager for Lenovo. "At that point, they'll have no choice."

In a recent post on its Direct2Dell blog, Dell reaffirmed to concerned customers that it wasn't about to force small business users -- who typically purchase PCs piecemeal, rather than in large enterprise-style orders -- to shift to Vista, which has experienced a less-than-stellar reaction from many buyers because of driver issues and moderately beefy hardware requirements.

"Dell recognizes the needs of small business customers and understands that more time is needed to transition to a new operating system," the post read in part. "The plan is to continue offering Windows XP on select Dimension and Inspiron systems until later this [northern] summer."

"From a local perspective, the post was a reminder more than an announcement," Dell ANZ corporate communications manager Paul McKeon told APC.

There's general agreement amongst PC resellers that Vista has provided a minor boost to PC sales, but hasn't produced blockbuster numbers. A similar story applies in the retail space. Figures from marketing consultancy GfK suggest that after an initial sales surge, around 1500 copies of Vista are now being sold through Australian retailers each week, according to a recent report in the AFR.

While Dell's post suggested it wouldn't be promoting Vista systems to the home market, manufacturers still have the option of selling RelXP-based systems for consumers this year.

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Source: APC Magzine
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  1. Blogger Tisha! Says:

    More and more are switching to Macs now that you can run both operating systems on them, this may just push things further don't you think?

  2. Blogger Salman Siddiqui Says:

    agree!

    but i think people who choose mac, wont ever like to work in other Operating Systems!

  3. Blogger sherry Says:

    and also that mac isnt exactly the most affordable to the majority... ex. ive seen all of about two mac laptops so far...

    but really if microsoft keeps this up it can go two ways. either people feel too loyal to microsoft to back out no matter what, or mac's pricing really stops mattering so much...

  4. Blogger Salman Siddiqui Says:

    not the loyalty with Microsoft, but the smoothness which it offers. Other OS aren't that easy going initially for a new comer as is windows!

  5. Blogger sherry Says:

    all but vista...

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