25 March, 2008

It's still not too late to get Windows XP

Time is running out, but it's still not too late to get Windows XP. Computer World recently published Microsoft's current schedule, among other related information. I bought a new Dell laptop for my daughter in November with XP installed. I bought it from Dell because it was an easy choice on their website; other sites that I heard has XP available made it difficult to get XP. You should be able to get XP on new PC purchases until June 30, 2008 (from Microsoft, Sept 27, 2007).

The Computer World article links to a recent blog post from Dell. Here's part of that post:
The plan is to continue offering Windows XP on select Dimension and Inspiron systems until later this summer.
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Also related to Windows XP. Microsoft is scheduled to release the last XP service pack in April. Remember as with any significant software update, wait and watch to validate that there are no significant issues.

Finally, again I would buy now if you're thinking of a new PC, and then wait as long as possible before your next purchase computer purchase. It's very possible by the time you are in the market again that for even the most non-technical folks, you will be able to use Linux or Apple OS within your dominated Windows office and/or friends. If nothing else, while you wait, there is so much help for XP available on the Internet, you should not have any issues getting the required support as required.

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