Microsoft Will Extend the Life of Windows XP

I am sure of it, why? Because they are already talking about releasing the next version of Windows, Windows 7, or whatever they end up calling it. That is a sure sign they see that people aren’t going to just jump on the Vista bandwagon. The biggest reason, in my opinion, will be public interest, with all the complaining that bloggers and tech writers have done about it, people are more resistant to it, thinking it’s not going to be as good as XP is right now. If Microsoft extends it and gives the people what they think they want, then, guess what, the big bad Microsoft image goes away even more than it has recently.

What people today don’t realize, or remember, is the same cry was heard when Microsoft released Windows XP, people loved Windows 98, some even loved ME, and didn’t want the new operating system that Microsoft was forcing on them, Windows XP. The same reactions, the same types of problems with drivers and old hardware, it’s deja vu all over again. The difference today? The big echosphere we have in the form of tech blogs and mainstream media that jump on the bandwagon, it has intensified everything, more people are reading about it and deciding, before they see it, that they don’t want Vista and that nothing works with it, etc, etc.

For an example, check out these great write-ups by Ed Bott detailing the similarities to the release of Windows 95, Vista isn’t Me2, it’s Win95 + 12 years, adoption rates Windows adoption rates: a history lesson, and, my personal favorite, Remembering Windows XP’s early days where he compares what one writer from InfoWorld said when they released Windows XP and how it compares to what he is saying about Windows Vista right now. Hilarious.

Well, guess what? We are rolling it out here and there and aren’t hearing near as many complaints as we did when we upgraded to Office 2007 from 2003, but, that is mainly a user training issue as people actually use Office, they just login and mess up Windows. My laptop has Vista and I haven’t had one problem with it, the first time my kids used it, they only noticed that it was prettier, and went ahead using it and abusing it. My five year old uses it as easily as he does XP, and this is an upgraded laptop, not a brand new one out of the box, I haven’t noticed it being slower, but I’m not trying to run aero on it either.

The death of Windows XP may have been greatly exaggerated.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company could re-evaluate its plans to phase out Windows XP by June 30, if customers demand that it stick around. So far, they have not.

“XP will hit an end-of-life. We have announced one. If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter, but right now, we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments,” Ballmer said during a Thursday news conference in Belgium, according to Reuters. Source: Ballmer: You want XP, we’ll keep XP

So, as long as people really are requesting XP over Vista, as long as businesses need XP to run on their older hardware, and as long as manufacturers are complaining about XP going away, I think Microsoft will step up to the plate and knock one out by extending it at least another year, a year closer to the next version of Windows. Besides, they were planning on selling it on lower cost pc’s anyway, machines with slower processors, smaller screens, etc, so why not?