Posted by: Brien Posey
I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I prefer Windows Vista over Windows XP. Even so, I seem to be in the minority. With Microsoft no longer selling Windows XP, and Windows 7 now on the horizon, I have been getting a lot of E-mail lately from companies who depend on Windows XP, asking me what they should do.
For those of you who are in this situation, my initial advice would be to see if Windows Vista will work for you. Of course going to Vista isn’t always an option. Aside from any potential compatibility issues, some businesses lack the budget for an upgrade and are understandably reluctant to simultaneously support two different desktop operating systems.
For those who are heavily invested in Windows XP, there is some good news. You don’t have to switch to Windows Vista. Remember, a Windows XP license entitles you to use Windows XP indefinitely. Furthermore, Microsoft has committed to continuing to support Windows XP until 2014. Given Windows XP’s popularity though, I would not be a bit surprised to see the support timeline extended or see a third party company begin to support Windows XP when Microsoft stops.
The other good news is that you can still buy Windows XP. Microsoft officially stopped selling Windows XP in June, but you can still occasionally find copies on various Websites (just be careful to make sure that you are buying from a reputable source).
Microsoft also offers something known as a downgrade license. If you buy a copy of Windows Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, you have the right to downgrade to Windows XP Professional.