Windows Vista totally sucks isn’t moving off the shelves, so it comes as no shock that Microsoft has extended Windows XP support until April 2014 which includes security patches and other “critical” updates. That’s 13 years after it originally shipped (Microsoft usually kills support for its products after 10 years). According to Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte:
“Our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years,”
Wrong answer. It’s recognition that Vista isn’t being installed by businesses who are Microsoft’s cash cows, and they have to keep the cash coming in somehow. But wait, there’s more:
“It’s true that we will stop selling Windows XP as a retail packaged product and stop licensing it directly to major PC manufacturers [after June 30],” wrote Veghte. “But customers who still need Windows XP will be able to get it,”
After all Microsoft, you have to sell what people want. Right now that’s not Vista.
This is proof positive that Vista is looking more and more like a failure in the marketplace. No wonder Microsoft is already talking about Windows 7.