Microsoft extends Windows XP’s shelf life

Darren Allan

July 13, 2010

Microsoft was due to end downgrade rights for Windows XP when the first service pack for Windows 7 emerged.

However, with the public beta release of SP1 for Windows 7, it appears that Microsoft has had a rethink in its customers best interests.

A spokesperson for the company wrote on the Windows Team Blog: “While the majority of customers are actively transitioning to Windows 7, and PC manufacturers are focused on delivering PCs and devices with Windows 7 pre-installed, our business customers have told us that the removing end-user downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional could be confusing, given the rights change would be made for new PCs pre-installed with Windows 7 and managing a hybrid environment with PCs that have different end-user rights based on date of purchase would be challenging to track.”

Therefore, Microsoft has decided it needs to maintain a more “straightforward” policy, and is thus extending the right to downgrade to Windows XP Professional.

Businesses will now be able to downgrade throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle, making it easier for customers to plan their deployment to Windows 7, Microsoft says.


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