After reading further about what Steve Ballmer said to the MVP’s in Redmond on April 17, 2008, this rumor could be more fact than fiction. Mr. Ballmer stated:
In the meantime, we have some customers, a lot of customers using Vista, a lot of customers, and we have a lot of customers that are choosing to stay with Windows XP, and as long as those are both important options, we will be sensitive, and we will listen, and we will hear that. I got a piece of mail from a customer the other day that talked about not being able to get XP anymore, and we responded, XP is still available. And I know we’re going to continue to get feedback from people on how long XP should be available. We’ve got some opinions on that. We’ve expressed our views, but certainly with this crowd, [email protected] I’m always interested in hearing from you on these and other issues.
It makes sense that Microsoft may just allow XP to live on. The rumor that Dell may continue to offer Windows XP until 2011 springs from a blog posting over at Sunbelt Blog which states:
We just got this in from a credible source:
I have just been advised by my Dell representative that Dell will be offering XP on Optiplex and Latitude computers through 2011 at no extra cost. Vista media will be available for those who think they might want to install it later on. Vostro computer orders will have the same option at a $50.00 premium.
Note: this means that there will be an extended period of review available for Windows 7 before we have to commit to it.
She told me that the reps are thrilled to be able to respond to the increasing expressions of concern from customers regarding the June 30 cut-off XP date publicized by Microsoft. She also told me that, of the more than 100 customers she has, only one is ordering Vista computers…
Anyone have any confirmation on this rumor? If it’s true, it’s really good news…
Well Alex, I can’t confirm whether this rumor is true. But like your self, if it is true, I feel it is really good news as well.
Full Sunbelt blog entry is here.
Full press release is here.
[tags]dell, windows, xp, june, 2008, extend, 2011, representative, rumor, ballmer, mirosoft, [/tags]