As late as last Saturday, May 24, Half Life Source reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company would consider keeping Windows XP on the shelves longer than the expected June 30 end date.
I know, I know. This blog is supposed to be about alternatives to Windows operating systems. But many companies are opting to stick with XP rather than upgrading to the current Windows Vista operating system. In that sense, then, XP has become an alternative.
The demand for XP is prevalent enough that InfoWorld launched and has maintained a petition drive to keep XP on the shelves. Though executive editor Galen Gruman says Microsoft hasn't specifically responded to InfoWorld's effort, something is getting through to the powers-that-be in Redmond.
According to Half Life Source:
Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer said that the company really does listen to its customers and that [if] those customers want to extend the shelf life of its Windows XP operating system, then Microsoft will consider that extension.