CNET Networks' News.com reports that Microsoft has softened its stance and has been quietly allowing PC makers to furnish a "downgrade" to Windows XP for customers who request it.
A Microsoft representative confirmed there were changes made over the summer to make it easier for customers to downgrade to XP. Under Microsoft's licensing terms for Vista, buyers of Vista Business and Vista Ultimate Edition have always had the right to downgrade to XP, but in practice this could be challenging.
In June, Microsoft changed its practices to allow computer makers that sell preactivated Vista machines to order Windows XP discs that could be included inside the box with PCs, or shipped to customers without requiring additional activation.
It appears that some PC makers, such as HP and Gateway, are still selling Windows XP machines nearly a full year after Vista was offered to businesses.
With Vista's hefty graphics and memory needs, it is no wonder that businesses are hesitant to deploy the new OS.
There is an issue, though, over how long PC makers can keep selling machines with Windows XP as the preloaded operating system. Microsoft is requiring large PC makers to stop selling XP-based systems as of January 31 ...
"We're all lobbying for it," says Fujitsu's marketing manager, Brandon Farris.
Personally, I have specified Windows XP for the 10-15 new PCs that my company has purchased this year. One of the reason why is that Windows Vista appears unable to connect to our legacy Novell-based file server.
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