Desperate Microsoft to count Windows XP sales as Vista sales

“InfoWorld confirms that Dell will sell and support Windows XP to consumers beyond the June 30 Microsoft sales cutoff date that Microsoft reaffirmed today, after comments from CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday seemingly indicated it might reconsider that decision,” Ephraim Schwartz reports for InfoWorld.

“Dell will take advantage of a licensing option in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate that lets PC makers provide XP under the Vista license, which Microsoft calls a ‘downgrade’ license. (Enterprises with site licenses have these same rights with any version of Vista.) In essence, the user is buying a Vista license that it can apply to XP, and Microsoft can still claim a Vista sale,” Schwartz reports.

“The computers available with the XP option will include the Windows Vista installation DVD in the box so users can later install Vista over XP under the same license if they wish,” Schwartz reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacVicta” for the heads up.]

So, Dell sells with PCs with Windows XP, throws the unwanted Vista DVD in the box, and Microsoft pretends they’re Vista sales? Now that’s desperation. And, another thing: the ancient Windows XP sucks, too. That it’s the best Dell and all of the other PC box assemblers can offer is just pitiful. Get a Mac.


  1. So this basically amounts to Micro$oft being willing to give Vista away to anyone who wants to buy a Dull PC with XP installed, in the hope they might risk installing it later on.

    God, I’d like to be the presenter who asks Ballmer that question on TV. It’d be great to try and see him worm his way out of answering that…

  2. @MDN

    I have Mac at home and Win XP at work, no choice – for now.

    Win XP does not suck, it is not as good as Mac OS, but it’s still a very stable OS.

    I have had almost no problems with XP over the years, IMHO it’s the first and only decent OS from M$.

    My boss told me last week that we will wait for Windows 7 before we upgrade, he thinks it will be better than Vista ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> ..ohh my ohh my

  3. Tiger. I read entry after entry after entry. Finally, someone puts the mother-of-all entires down…. I love it.

    So, Tiger sums it up

    – Will it be snappy?
    – Will it blend?

    There is nothing else to frigging discuss.

    Why can’t the world encapsulate things so goddamn elegantly as Tiger?

    Thanks, buddy

  4. How’s this for marketing-speak? Dell will be calling the systems “predowngraded”. Yeah, that’s just what I want to pay for, a brand new DOWNGRADED system. I can’t believe what Windows users will put up with. Just get a Mac already.

  5. @WinHex

    Yes I agree with you that Windoze XP is the best OS put out by Microshaft but what makes it suck is that it is an ancient OS with NO modern innovations like Mac OS X Leopard. Microshaft has held back computer technology by at least a decade. Vista is a lemon that both businesses and consumers consider to be the true downgrade! My neighbor just purchased a new laptop running Vista and he already misses XP. I helped him set it up and install drivers for his HP printer. He has 3GB of RAM on it and it still feels NO faster than XP. I told him if he didn’t have 3GB of RAM and only 1, his nice new shiny laptop would have slowed to a crawl under BIG, BLOATED and memory hungry Vista.

    My sister in law’s new HP desktop running Vista only has 1GB of RAM and it is very slow. Also CPU usage and memory usage remain very high with only a few additional programs installed on both of their new computers.

    It is a HUGE travesty that the best Windoze users can look forward to right now is a dinosaur OS that has long reached it’s limitations in regards to innovation and features. 🙁

    Like one poster said above, just get a Mac. I know I did about 6 months ago and I haven’t looked back. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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