Surely A Large Human
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: '08 C219
Location: Between Earth and Mars
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So, for all the rocket scientists who think they know everything, as of JUNE 30th 2008, you will NO LONGER be able to BUY a NEW PC with Windows XP pre-loaded. This means beyond that point, vendors like Dell will not be releasing their drivers and utilities for new systems beyond that date.
You can USE Windows XP beyond that date, via downgrade rights, but only if you A) manufacture your own systems, B) are a small manufacturer/integrator, C) have a pre-existing image developed which happens to work on a given platform.
In our case, Dell's ImageDirect service *should* continue to provide us Windows XP on their newer lines of hardware, beyond June 30th. It would be NICE if Microsoft realized what a failed abortion Vista is, how unrealistic it is to force corporations to adopt it at gunpoint (since there are no compelling reasons to do so), and allow our vendors to continue packaging utilities and drivers that work with XP on new hardware - at least until Windows 7 is released.
People who like or need Vista already have it. That's it. This represents the adoption of Vista amongst people with the choice to do so. It's abysmal.
And, despite the fact I manage a technology service group which supports Windows systems exclusively, I am a converted Mac user. Never, ever, say never.