Mary-Jo Foley from ZDNet writes in a June 18, 2009 article that Microsoft has announced that downgrades for new PC purchases following Windows 7 shipping will be limited to 18 months or Windows 7 SP1, whichever comes first.
“On June 17, however, Microsoft officials told Computerworld that the downgrade period during which users will be allowed to move from Windows 7 to XP is going to end, at the latest, in April 2011, which is 18 months after the October 22, 2009 general availability date for Windows 7.”
According to Foley, Microsoft is stating the if/when a service pack is released bit. I wish that they wouldn’t do that. No one who walks erect, doesn’t drool, and has an IQ above room temperature believes that a major application will never require security or other enhancements, either by patch, service pack, or point upgrade. (Microsoft should realize that there are people out there who believe that service packs are a sign of weakness. Just remember that none of these people happen to be vendors for an application that sells billions of licenses.)
In a way I can see the push to get folks off of XP. It’s an old system and Microsoft is on borrowed time now with all the hardware and software vendors who still support that OS. I don’t think that Redmond is bluffing on this. They’ve placed a huge bet on Windows 7 and they can’t afford mass numbers of users waxing nostalgic.
Still, it’ll be interesting to see how the public reacts. Based on my observations of Windows 7 this will be an easier pill for people to swallow.