Windows XP Will Live On, But Only in Low-Cost PCs

No luck for frustrated Vista users who prefer the older operating system
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 5:15 PM CDT
Campaign girls in Japan smile as they introduce Microsoft's new operating system, Vista.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Microsoft is going to keep Windows XP on the market—but only for a few users and not for the sake of those unsatisfied with its successor, Vista. The company will stick to its June 30 deadline for withdrawing XP from stores but will supply the older operating system for at least two years on low-cost computers such as the Asus Eee PC and Intel Classmate, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Computers in the bargain market don’t have the power to run Vista, Microsoft officials said, but a “huge demand for Windows” exists there because of brand familiarity. Vista critics still lament the general death of XP: "It's unfortunate that they've let their blindness about Vista lead them to ignore what their customers are telling them," said an editor for Infoworld.