Believe it or not, the end may not be as near for Windows XP as we once thought. Channel Web reported last week that Microsoft has devised a plan that will allow distributors "place their final orders for Windows XP OEM licenses by Jan. 31, 2009, and take delivery against those orders through May 30."
Distributors, in turn, are asking system builders for estimates of the number of XP licenses they will need. They say the best part of the plan, according to Channel Web, is "they won't have to take title to the reserved XP licenses until they're sold to an end user, which helps them avoid having to sit on inventory for several months."
It's Microsoft acknowledging, once again, that many companies are indeed planning to skip Vista altogether, opting instead to stick with XP until Windows 7 arrives in 2009 or 2010.