Microsoft has caved in to the loud demands of their customers and announced Windows XP will be sticking around on the operating system scene for another ten years. Yes – ten more years with XP. Its default Playskool-like blue interface will continue to irritate more people than those who admit to enjoying the godawful GUI through 2020.
Prior to shipping Windows 7, we communicated that end-user downgrade rights provided in the software license terms of Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate editions preinstalled on a new PC would allow a customer to downgrade to either Windows XP Professional or similar Windows Vista versions for 18 months, or until the availability of SP1, whichever came sooner. Generally, PC manufacturers are in the process of ramping down Windows XP downgrade facilitation options that some offer today. As background, an OEM’s ability to generally offer downgrade facilitation options (e.g., preinstalling Windows XP Professional on a new PC that includes end-user rights for Windows 7 Professional) ends on October 22, 2010.
This is good news, especially if you have no compelling reason to upgrade from XP to Windows 7. A lot of folks, myself included, continue to run XP and actually prefer the operating system over Microsoft’s newer endeavors. Although many rave about Windows 7, there really is no reason to upgrade if all you do is use XP as vehicle for launching a web browser to reach the internets.
My main workstation is a MacBook Pro, however I continue to run an older HP desktop as a backup. It runs XP quite smoothly and is rarely used. Why would someone in a similar situation consider purchasing Windows 7 when Microsoft is committed to continually supporting XP through 2020?