Mr Ballmer said: "If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter, but right now, we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments."M$ had better wake up. Vista is not necessary, and its "features" add sizzle but no steak. I will not upgrade the machine I have that currently uses XP as a back up for the few functions that Ubuntu does not do as well. But that is few and growing fewer.
Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP Home until 2010 on low-powered PCs, such as the Asus Eee, that might struggle to cope with Vista's power demands.This Eee user is very happy with the Linux version it shipped with. I have no intention of changing it to an OS which I know does not work as well. The whole point of machines like the Eee is that they are designed to produce a good computing experience without needless bells and whistles, which helps keep the price low and the machine small. "Power" has nothing to do with it. It is functionality that is important and a cheap small Eee is far better than much more expensive, larger laptops that ship with M$ clunky systems and software.