Time’s up for Windows XP?

Microsoft had originally planned to stop selling Windows XP on 31st Jan 2008. However, due to the sales for Windows Vista have not been as strong as expected, Microsoft is extending the time for OEM and retail outlets to continue selling Windows XP.  So, we’ll have until June 30th, 2008 to use Windows XP, then……

Okay, the good news is, Microsoft has not announced the cease support for Windows XP, and in fact, extending the life of Windows XP Starter Edition, the version of XP for emerging markets. XP starter edition will be available until June 30, 2010. This will cater for most of us who doesn’t have the money to constantly upgrade our PC (unless the income tax relief is available for yearly upgrades). Also, it is such a pain to run Vista comfortably at the moment…compatibility issue, lack of softwares, ridiculous requirement on hardwares…etc. I guess if I’m going to use Vista, I need to get myself the latest Core 2 Duo PC with 2GB RAM (4GB recommended), 250GB HDD (minimum), a decent graphic card (Geforce 8800 series)……..

In the mean time, if you think you can afford NOT to use Windows products, you can always join the ranks of the ALTERNATIVES…like Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS and more.



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