Microsoft's Plan to Drop XP in June Draws Fire

Disgruntled users not keen on being forced to Vista
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 7:24 PM CST
A Microsoft Windows Vista advertisement on display at Best Buy in Mountain View, Calif., Monday, Sept. 17, 2007. Microsoft lost its appeal of a European antitrust order Monday that obliges the technology...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Microsoft is facing vocal opposition to its decision to stop selling the Windows XP operating system June 30, 13 months after the launch of Windows Vista, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Vista has sold well, aided by its default inclusion with new PCs, but users have complained of compatibility troubles. Some have returned to XP or are holding out for Microsoft’s next OS. got 80,000 people to sign its petition to extend XP’s availability until at least the end of the year. "Vista is NOT progress. It's clunky, cumbersome, gobbles memory like my kids eat Skittles, and is nothing but a lame 'me-too' product," reads a typical entry. Typical rejoinder: "You babies need to grow up and switch from diapers to underwear."