Deployment of Windows Vista has lagged far behind Microsoft’s expectations.
Microsoft continues to retreat on the retirement of Windows XP. Their latest statement indicates that it won’t be supplied in retail form after June 30 . . . but it will be available from OEM computer manufacturers (Dell, HP, et al) and from retailers’ inventories until the end of January 2009.
Microsoft has also recently announced that Windows XP OEM editions will continue to be available for use on slower PCs (where Vista would bring a slow PC to its knees).
Also, if you buy a computer with Windows Vista Business or Ultimate installed, you can "downgrade" it to Windows XP Pro (which I recommend for most users). Note that this offer doesn’t apply for Windows Vista Basic or Home Premium.
Here’s today’s report of operating systems used by visitors to my (http://russbellew.com) website:
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