[RTC List] The remaining life of Windows XP
dwightw at mac.com
Wed Jun 25 13:13:07 PDT 2008
It sounds like we will still have until January 2009 to get the OEM
version, which we heard would be available for another year yet, and
use that on Apple. Those of us who do Apple Consulting and Technical
work have had some discussion about this, and contrary to some early
misgivings by Microsoft, the decision was made to allow the OEM
"system builder" versions of XP and Vista to be used on Macs as long
as the sticker was attached for authenticity. We have found XP Pro
works best and not to bother with the Home version. As for Vista,
there is only one or two versions that work properly for networking
(which should be the chosen versions for installing) and they are not
low-priced. Linux also works just fine in BootCamp, Parallels and
"Think Different; Work Creative"
Angels Knoll Enterprises
Dwight Winegar, ACN, ACHDS
Apple Consulting for SOHO, Consumers, Seniors, and Education
Arcata, CA to Brookings, OR
dwightw at mac.com | 707-496-6324 Mobile
On 25 Jun 2008, at 11:14, William Van Hefner wrote:
> I think that this "phaseout" isn't quite what it seems. Microsoft is
> licensing XP in plenty of other countries outside the U.S., many of
> are to be embedded in the new class of mini-notebooks that are being
> produced. Since Vista quite simply will NOT scale down to meet the
> hardware requirements of these machines, MS will have to continue
> XP in some form for some time to come if they want to compete against
> Linux as the standard operating systems on these computers. I
> believe that
> they are simply stripping down and renaming XP in these situations.
> I have
> no idea what name they will be using for it though. I don't think
> that you
> will be able to run into Wal-Mart and buy boxed editions of XP any
> FYI, I just bought a new laptop with XP Home on it a couple of
> months ago.
> I am running Linux on it and would have preferred no Microsoft OS at
> to be installed. It's rather hard to find a new laptop with no
> OS on it these days though.
> William Van Hefner
> Vantek Communications, Inc.
> e-mail: editor at humboldtonline.com
> On Wed, June 25, 2008 10:27 am, Sherman Schapiro wrote:
>> The use of Windows XP and Vista came up at last week's boot camp as
>> The information here came from Radio Computer Guru Kim Komando.
>> Sherman Schapiro
>> Making sense of the XP phaseout
>> [image: A]You didn't make a mistake. Microsoft is pulling the plug on
>> most XP sales. But it has promised to continue security updates and
>> technical support. That support will expire in April 2014.
>> In some cases, Microsoft will continue selling XP. There are some
>> ins and
>> outs to this. So, here's a brief rundown, from the company's site:
>> --On June 30, Microsoft will stop distributing XP. There probably
>> will be
>> packages in stores for awhile. But stores will no longer be able to
>> order XP. Anyone who wants a copy should act soon.
>> --System builders (your neighborhood computer store) can use XP
>> January. Presumably, customers can choose XP or Vista on these new
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