[Batch of good news about XP...]

Microsoft Users Refusing To Give Up XP

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| Microsoft is having problems with companies refusing to give up Internet
| Explorer 6 and Windows XP for IE7 and Vista, according to a survey by
| Forrester.


Signs of desperation (would rather reduce profits just to ensure rivals don't

Psst! Wanna save $110 on Windows Vista SP1?

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| Microsoft Corp. continues to give its tacit blessing for consumers to exploit
| a technical loophole that allows them to upgrade to Vista with Service Pack
| 1, even if they don't own the necessary prior editions of Windows.


In most countries, Microsoft turns a blind eye to copyrights infringement
anyway, mainly due to competition from Linux and OpenOffice.org.

Another Windows XP reprieve unlikely, analysts say

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| Microsoft Corp. may be set to extend Windows XP's availability for low-cost
| laptops and a new generation of handheld devices, but it won't give the aged
| operating system a general reprieve from its June 30 retail and reseller
| cutoff, analysts said yesterday.
| "Not likely," said Directions on Microsoft analyst Michael Cherry, citing
| Microsoft's need to push Windows Vista.
| "XP has had one reprieve already," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at
| JupiterResearch LLC. "And there are ways they can extend the life of the
| technology without extending the life of the XP brand."


Gartenberg used to work for Microsoft as an evangelist before spreading the FUD
outside the company, where his FUD seems more effective with the 'analyst'
role (see link at the bottom).

“Analysts sell out - that’s their business model… But they are very concerned
that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very
prickly to work with.”

–Microsoft, internal document


Evangelist Gartenberg back to being analyst

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| After only three weeks at Microsoft as an "evangelist," Michael
| Gartenberg is returning to his old job as vice president and
| research director at JupiterResearch.