MAKER OF STRANGE DECISIONS, Microsoft has announced it is to extend the life of Windows XP by five months. This means systems can be shipped with the venerable OS until the end of June next year.
XP was originally due to board the train to the gulag at the end of January 2008.
Microsoft claims it is pleased with the uptake of Vista, but the decision to keep XP hanging around a bit longer would appear to contradict that.
Some observers point to the different driver model used by Vista meaning that some old peripherals don't work under the new OS and that users are putting off upgrading due to the cost of buying shiny new printers and scanners that do have Vista drivers.
Others have called it an old dog.
Some system builders, including Dell and Lenovo, have reintroduced XP as an option. µ
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