John Paczkowski

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Windows Vista ME?

vista_me.jpgIf you hang on to Windows XP long enough, you may be able to upgrade directly to Windows 7, avoiding Vista entirely–just as many Windows users avoided the lamentable Windows ME.

On Thursday, Microsoft (MSFT) extended XP’s oft-extended stay-of-execution, saying it will continue to sell Windows XP Home for ultra low-cost PCs (ULCPCs) — budget machines like the Asus Eee PC that would likely spontaneously combust during a Vista install. XP Home will be available for OEM installation on ULCPCs until June 30, 2010, or one year after general availability of the next Windows version, whichever is later. But its availability for all other machines will end on June 30, 2008.

Such a limited extension of XP’s availability will no doubt irk those users who would love to continue using the OS indefinitely. That said, it’s a savvy move for Microsoft which, had it pulled XP from the shelves entirely, might have ceded the ULPC market to Linux. “This is yet another proof point that Windows Vista is just too big to cover everything that everyone wants to do with it,” said Gartner analyst Michael Silver. “You need something smaller, more modular.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik