XP eXtended

In past blog entries, I have expressed my fondness of Windows XP and admitted a reluctance to migrate to Windows Vista.  It seems that I am not the only one who feels this way.

All along Dell Computer has been offering both XP and Vista as operating system options on their made-to-order computers.

Microsoft, for its part, has set June 30, 2008 as the date it will cease supplying XP to PC manufacturers.  Although there is speculation that this deadline is not firm, Dell, for one, already plans to offer XP on business systems until 2010 — a veritable eternity in computer time.

After June 30, buyers opting for XP will technically be buying a license for Vista, but will also receive a copy of XP to downgrade.

By 2010, I am sure there will be more options to consider, be it an alternate vendor’s operating system, a Web-based solution, or Microsoft’s replacement for Vista.

In any event, that gives me plenty of time to figure out what to do.

Wordsmith Peter DeHaan is a magazine publisher by day and a writer by night. Visit to receive his newsletter, read his blog, or connect on social media.

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