Windows XP sales going strong

August 14, 2007 at 10:39 am | Posted in Computers, Software | Leave a comment

Microsoft has had to release a new build of Windows XP Pro, called SP2c, simply to create more product activation keys. The new build includes no new features or fixes.

“Due to the longevity of Windows XP Professional, it has become necessary to produce more product keys for system builders in order to support the continued availability of Windows XP Professional through the scheduled system builder channel end-of-life (EOL) date of January 31, 2009” says the System Builder team at MS.

Its notable that this is also a new date, a year after it was supposed to end. Why you may ask? System builders have backed off of Vista only policies due to customer demand and feedback. Dell for example offers systems with XP again – some only with an XP option, as I observed here. Note also the caveats about Vista migration here.

Microsoft is seeing 22% of ongoing sales to XP, 50% higher than anticipated. Given their statement of record Vista sales, that says even more.

Its also notable that no changes were made to the other XP product lines like XP Home – only the business edition is extended, pointing to a primary demand from business.

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