Dell yesterday announced that it would halt shipments of XP computers later this month, just a few weeks ahead of the October deadline for all manufacturers. A Dell representative blogged about the move yesterday afternoon and said that in preparation for Microsoft's October 22 cut-off date, Dell will stop offering XP as an option for customers in September.
"Per Microsoft, only qualified end users meeting the Custom Image requirements will be able to get a new system with factory-preinstalled Windows XP Professional, XP Home, & XP Tablet products after October 22, 2010. This means that OEMs must stop the shipment of ALL XP orders on this date.To ensure customers receive their XP orders prior to the October 22, 2010 deadline, Dell will begin removing XP as an option in September. There will be three options for your IT Staff to consider: (1). Complete your migration to Windows 7. Dell offers several services that can assist you with compatibility testing and deployment (2). Use the XP media to Hand Install XP onsite (3). Incorporate CFI services to assist your XP image loads. Please ensure that your organization has selected a strategy and that your account executive is fully aware of how you want to proceed."
Dell will continue Windows XP driver support until December 2012.
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Long live current OS'!
Yeah, OS should be upgraded every 2-3 years to prevent stagnation.
One of the things that SUCKED about the Amiga, is that its 1.3OS is pretty much required for many games (Productivity software didn't suffer from this stupidity) - so many Amigas from 1987~1992 came with OLD OS. Yeah, when commodore died, their product line ACTUALLY had 3 different OS installed! 1.3, 2.0~2.2 and 3.0! WTF?!
So my Amiga, auto-booted to 3.0, but I de-grade to 1.3 for games. :(
2) 98 OSR2
While looking pretty good so far.. hopefully Win 7 will end up finishing with as much love as XP and 98 OSR2 had.
By the way, I agree that it is a good idea to upgrade the OS every several years (even in the business/cooperate setting)... as long as there is an OS which worth for the upgrade.
I wish there was a greater push to Win7 64bit so we can get mega drivers for it. Frequently machines have more then 4 gigs of ram....
I havnt met anyone who likes XP more then 7 yet...
I know plenty of people who dont like win 7, but when i asked them why they cant give me a real answer other than its different (and therefore impossible to use or learn). so I think a better assumption is that any computer literate individual likes windows 7 over windows XP.