Dell: Long(er) Live Windows XP

Kachina Shaw

Ideastorm users have spoken and Dell has responded, and it's not about Linux this time.


Earlier this month, the computer maker announced that several small business systems will again be offered with versions of Windows XP for those customers who have no desire to move to Vista.


And now Dell is adding XP back to some of its home systems, again in response to consumer demand. This piece points out that XP is already getting hard to find, with hardware makers and retail outlets reducing their XP offerings starting at the beginning of the year with Vista's release.


Vista's early effect on the market is up for debate, but some analysts point to stronger interest among small businesses than within the consumer market, which could mean that those small businesses simply felt compelled to upgrade sooner rather than later.


Dell's XP adjustments could now spell dark days for Vista adoption and a rough year for the flagship OS.

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