Feeds

'We could wake up smarter' - Ballmer hints at Win XP reprieve

Vista-shy customers raise your hands

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Windows XP could yet be reprieved from end-of-life, if enough customers demand it, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today.

Speaking at a news conference in Belgium Ballmer said: "XP will hit an end-of-life. We have announced one. If customer feedback varies we can always wake up smarter but right now we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments", reports Reuters.

But at the same time he insisted that consumers were switching to Vista in numbers, which is perhaps to be expected, as the majority of new computers available at retail now come loaded with the operating system.

As for the business world, Ballmer noted: "We still have customers who are buying PCs with XP". He explained that many IT departments were still supporting dusty old kit that cannot handle memory-chugging Vista.

Earlier this month Microsoft confirmed it would continue to sell Windows XP Home edition licenses beyond the operating system’s scheduled 30 June kill-date for bargain basement PCs only.

Meanwhile, Microsoft finally got the long-awaited XP SP3 out of the door on Monday.

And, it’s been a bumper service pack week for Microsoft

Yesterday it released Vista SP1 as an automatic update in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Auto distribution will happen steadily over the next few weeks, apparently.

“We'll be distributing the service pack slowly so that we can help Windows users have a good experience,” the firm said on its Vista blog.

But the rest of the world’s computers won’t “begin experiencing the benefits” of Vista SP1 until mid-May. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.