Windows XP, gone by year’s end
Despite consumer resistance due to Vista’s compatibility issues and beefy hardware requirements, by 2008 Microsoft’s contracts with computer makers will require companies to only sell Vista-loaded machines.
In a recent post on Dell’s Direct2Dell blog, Dell reaffirmed to concerned customers that it wasn’t about to force small business users — who typically purchase PCs piecemeal, rather than in large enterprise-style orders — to shift to Vista. Dell recognizes the needs of small business customers and understands that more time is needed to transition to a new operating system,” the post read in part. “The plan is to continue offering Windows XP on select Dimension and Inspiron systems until later this [northern] summer.