(Windows–ed.) XP was supposed to be off the vendorâ€™s (Micro$oft–ed.) price list by the end of January 2008. Now it will stick around until the end of the second quarter. The cut down Starter edition for very low end machines will stay on Microsoftâ€™s price list till 2010.
Mike Nash, Microsoft corporate vice president, Windows product management, put a brave face on the decision, claiming that, â€œWhile weâ€™ve been pleased with the positive response weâ€™ve seen and heard from customers using Windows Vista, there are some customers who need a little more time to make the switch to Windows Vista.â€
Or put another way, punters are doing anything they can to avoid having to install and run Vista on their machines.