Today is the deadline for most PC users to upgrade their operating system to Windows Vista as Microsoft is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP OS to retailers and major computer makers today. Most PC manufacturers like HP, Dell, Toshiba and Sony will sell out their current XP inventory and once they are gone, so is XP. Microsoft will not allows XP to be installed on any new PC except ultra low cost PCs like the ASUS Eee PC and the Acer Aspire One.
InfoWorld however has submitted a petition signed by over 200K of its readers to Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, as the final plea to keep the Windows XP as an option. Here are the quotes from the petition and the link to the petition page if you think XP should not be terminated at this time:
"Our point from the beginning has been that Microsoft customers should have a choice: For a reasonable period, those who want to license Windows XP should be able to continue to do so just as easily as they can license Windows Vista.
The typical interval from the introduction of a new version of Windows to the end-of-sale date for the previous version is two years. Given the disruptive nature of many Vista upgrades, we feel that Microsoft should continue to make Windows XP available for at least that long, rather than ending the sale of Windows XP after 18 months. Now that the ship date for Windows 7 has been moved up to January 2010, why not make Windows XP available until then?"
"Our ultimate aim, however, is for Microsoft to reverse its decision and keep licensing Windows XP through all normal channels. At work and at home, Windows XP has become a familiar and reliable part of the lives of millions of users. We respectfully ask that you continue to offer the best operating system Microsoft has ever produced."