Life of Windows XP extended

Microsoft lengthens downgrade period for Windows 7

To maintain 'continuity' Microsoft has decided to lengthen the downgrade rights on Windows XP

In what Microsoft calls an effort to maintain 'consistency', the software giant has decided to extend the downgrade rights given to those who have bought a PC with Windows 7 and wish to downgrade to XP.

Originally it was believed that the downgrade rights would only last up until the release of Windows 7 SP1, but in a Windows Blog yesterday, Brandon LeBlanc was able to confirm that in fact the rights would be extended.

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Talking about the downgrade LeBlanc was keen to stress in the blog that it was a decision made entirely to assist in companies eventually upgrading en-masse to Windows 7:

"Going forward, businesses can continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7. Enabling such rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle will make it easier for customers as they plan deployments to Windows 7."

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Link: Windows (via theEnquirer)