[AI] Windows XP: The OS That Won't Die?

Vikas Kapoor dl.vikas at gmail.com
Sun Aug 12 09:58:20 EDT 2007

Windows XP: The OS That Won't Die?
The six-year-old operating system's continued popularity has nearly exhausted the supply of product activation keys.
Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

 Professional for computer makers because the six-year-old operating system's continued popularity
has nearly exhausted the supply of product activation keys.

The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which
has been released to manufacturing, will be made available to OEMs and system builders next month, said Microsoft.

"Due to the longevity of Windows XP Professional, it has become necessary to produce more product keys for system builders in order to support the continued
availability of Windows XP Professional through the scheduled system builder channel end-of-life (EOL) date," 
wrote the Microsoft system builder team
 on its blog Thursday.

Previously, Microsoft has set Windows XP's EOL for retailers and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) as Jan. 31, 2008, and for small-scale systems builders
a year after that.

"SP2c will be released into the System Builder channel in September to provide system builders with a new, extended range of product keys," the system builder
team said. The updated build applies only to Windows XP Professional; XP Home, for instance, is not affected.

The move shouldn't come as a surprise; Even 
Microsoft has predicted
 continuing strong sales of Windows XP. Last month, the company's chief financial officer said that he tweaked the fiscal year 2008 forecast to account
for XP's longevity. Rather than count on an 85/15 split in sales between Vista and XP, said Chris Liddell, Microsoft now expects a 78/22 split, an increase
of nearly 50 percent in anticipated XP sales.

Other signs of the not-dead-yet OS's vigor have included retreats by OEMs like Dell Inc. from earlier Vista-only policies. In April, for example, Dell again

began offering
 Windows XP as an option to consumers. It had already done the same thing for small business customers. 


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