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Microsoft extends Windows XP lifespan yet again

Windows XP on an Asus Eee PCWindows XP is turning out to be the operating system that just won't die. Microsoft has stopped offering retail copies of the operating system.

The company had planned to tell computer makers to stop preloading the software on new notebook and desktop systems earlier this year. But Microsoft has issued several stays of execution so far -- and this week the company did it again. Windows XP was scheduled to go gently into that good night on January 31, 2009. But now computer makers are allowed to continue shipping machines with Windows XP through 2009.

While Windows Vista has been available for nearly 2 years, there's still a strong demand for Windows XP from customers who don't want to switch to the newer OS for one reason or another. Windows XP has also been given a bit of new life by low power netbooks like the Asus Eee PC which often have slower processors, less RAM, and less storage space than full sized computers, making it difficult to run Windows Vista on them.

[via Silicon Alley Insider]

Tags: osupdates, windows-xp