End of Life for Windows XP AnnouncedPosted on: 02, July, 2010
By way of Dell Computer, we have just received notice that Microsoft will no longer be making Windows XP available after 10/4/2010. No matter when a system is ordered, if it is not shipped by Oct 4th, Dell reports that the order will be canceled and the OS replaced with Windows 7.
Many businesses have been relying on Windows XP for the continued support of their legacy applications. For these businesses, this will likely be a major cause for concern. Microsoft has announced phase-out’s of Windows XP in the past, but they have been forced to keep extending its life due to a strong reluctance by IT managers to embrace Windows Vista. However with Windows 7 outperforming Vista's opening sales by a wide margin, it appears that Microsoft has finally decided to let the venerable Windows XP sail into the sunset.
We would not be surprised if this announcement produces a short term surge in demand for PC’s, which in turn could cause a rise in PC prices temporarily, or even shortages of certain PC components.