TechRepublic blogger Andy Moon reported a few weeks ago about an online petition started by InfoWorld to "save" Windows XP. Andy asked whether such a move is even necessary. Well, it appears that the over 75,000 users who have signed the petition to date think so.
As a result of the InfoWorld petition and support for XP from various quarters, Microsoft spoke to ComputerWorld on this matter.
A Microsoft spokesperson in the US told Computerworld: "We're aware of it, but are listening first and foremost to feedback we hear from partners and customers about what makes sense based on their needs. That's what informed our decision to extend the availability of XP initially, and what will continue to guide us."
Microsoft gave its assurance that Windows will not disappear overnight after the June cutoff. It reiterates that Windows XP will be sold through June 30, 2008, by OEMs. System builders will be able to sell XP through January of 2009.
When I first read about this, I couldn't help but think that Microsoft is merely providing lip service to the matter. After all, the majority of those who signed the petition are Microsoft's customers!
Still, with Vista SP1 coming in mid-March, and evidence that it does provide a much improved experience, perhaps there will be less of a need for XP to be "saved." Regardless, it does appear that many businesses are not yet ready for the transition to Vista.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.