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microsoft extends windows XP's lifecycle

heres a good news to XP fanatics . last year the rich guys from Richmond also collectively known as Microsoft announced that they will stop shipping windows XP to hardware vendors starting January 31 , 2008 fortunately because of some moves from PC makers , they took back their statement and reschedule it for june 30 , 2008 . now heres another shocker , realizing how resource-hungry their new flagship product is ( we all know it by the name of Vista ) they made another statement saying that they are extending Windows XP for another two years ! but , only PCs which Microsoft deems ultra-low cost will be able to use Windows XP. so you would expect that most of the machines coming out this year will carry Vista . what ? yes , we may not want it but Vista will be on them .

on a personal note , i am using Vista Ultimate now on my development machine with 3.5G of RAM . its not that i asked for it , its by coincidence . the interface is nice but performance wise , i'd rather be developing on XP machines . unfortunately , this is just one of the many changes that we have to accept and we have to live with everyday . as i always say , if you hate how microsoft runs the industry , be open and grab yourself a linux . a move that i have always been dreaming about but i could not make it happen . why ? my job requires me to love microsoft !!


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