XP Sales Finished

We here at WorldStart have been telling you for months now that Microsoft would be stopping sales of their Windows XP operating system on June 30, 2008. Obviously, that day has come and gone and unfortunately, Microsoft kept their promise. Some of you may have heard rumors about them extending XP’s retail life, but Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte confirmed they have stopped shipments to retailers and manufacturers alike. Keep reading for the full scoop!

While you will no longer be able to buy a licensed copy of Windows XP, Microsoft is still allowing all computer makers to sell their computers with Windows XP pre-installed. Even the largest companies have this option. Also, several manufacturers (including Dell and HP) will continue to sell the XP operating system as a downgrade option from Windows Vista. Veghte himself even said that was a good option for computer users. You can still use XP on a new PC if you need it and you can then switch over to Vista when you’re ready.

Microsoft is also aware that major retailers will need to sell all of their XP inventory before it’s actually shut off for good. So, if you’re lucky, you might find a couple copies still lying around for the next few weeks. All in all, Veghte also wanted to remind everyone that you will still be able to receive XP support until April 14, 2009 and extended support until April 8, 2014. Yes, it’s sad to see Windows XP go, but it’s good to know you still have a few options when it comes to getting your hands on a copy. Just giving you a heads up!

~ Erin