Microsoft Extends Windows XP Support, Again

By Sharon Linsenbach  |  Posted 2009-04-07 Print this article Print

The Rasputin of operating systems defies yet another planned death date, as a leaked internal memo from Microsoft makes it clear that Windows XP will continue to live on.

In the memo, Microsoft says it will continue support for Windows XP beyond its latest retirement date of May 30, 2009. Unconfirmed rumors are also circulating that Microsoft will allow Hewlett-Packard to continue shipping computers with Windows XP until April 30, 2010. If that's true, it's likely that Microsoft will let other PC vendors do the same.

Perhaps one reason for the extension has to do with the popularity of netbooks, primarily designed for wireless communication and Internet access to Web-based applications. Netbooks typically run some version of the Linux operating system or Windows XP. Microsoft's Vista is too resource-intensive for the small, low-powered machines.

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Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at

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