Microsoft to terminate XP sales on 30th June 2008

The most widely used operating system Windows XP will not be available on sale officially from today(i.e. 30th June 2008)

Despite protests from a majority of PC users who don’t want to be forced into using XP’s successor, Vista, Microsoft has scheduled to stop XP sales from today.Once, the leading PC makers clear the machines loaded with XP ,consumers who wish to use XP would be allowed to downgrade their operating system legally after purchasing the licensed copies of Windows Vista.

Microsoft will still allow smaller PC builder shops to buy XP for resale through the end of January. A version of XP will also remain available for ultra-low-cost PCs such as the Asus Eee PC so as to still maintain the monopoly of Microsoft in creating Windows operating system.

Even though “Save XP” petition has been started by a large group of consumers which pleads Microsoft to keep selling XP till the next operating System – Windows 7 is available,Microsoft does not appear to pay any heed to them.Microsoft said it would provide full technical support for six-year-old Windows XP through 2009, and limited support through 2014.Release of Windows 7 is expected sometime in 2009.