Ray of Hope for XP?

Susan Hall

Though the clock keeps ticking toward the June 30 deadline when Windows XP will no longer be sold, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking from Belgium, offered a glimmer of hope that the operating system might live on, according to an Associated Press story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.


Though he said most people who buy PCs now buy them with Vista, he added:

If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter.

Users have been lobbying through blogs and online petitions for the company to keep XP. So far, though, the company said the future of XP remains only in super-low-end laptops.


Despite Ballmer's comments, a Microsoft spokeswoman said there are no plans to extend the life of XP, reports PCWorld.com. Meanwhile, InfoWorld reports Dell has come up with a deal to sell XP in PCs beyond the June 30 cutoff.

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