Windows XP Deadline extended till 2010

The most widely used operating system today is going to stay with us a litter longer.Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced that it will extend the deadline of Windows XP sales for low-cost pc’s by 2 years more than main stream pc’s.

Microsoft said Windows XP Home will be available at least through June 2010 for computers like Intel Corp.’s Classmate PC and ASUSTek Computer Inc.’s Eee PC. But also promised to keep XP on the market for those machines for a year after the next version of Windows is released, which means 2011 or later.

The low-cost pc’s are unable to run the bulky Vista so XP will be available for these pc’s. The $188 XO laptop from the One Laptop per Child organization, for example, is too weak to run a standard version of XP. Microsoft is customizing a version of XP for that machine.

Earlier Microsoft had showed signs to stop selling most versions of XP at the end of June 2008, with exceptions for small computer-building shops and PCs sold in developing countries.But astonishingly, demand in developed countries for what it calls ultra-low-cost personal computers forced Microsoft to extend that deadline.

Microsoft spokesperson said Microsoft is building an operating system which can handle a broader range of PC configurations than Windows Vista.This operating system is currently referred as Windows 7 and is set to launch in 2010.