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Windows XP: Dead or Just Resting?

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| It turns out the reports of XP's death may be slightly exaggerated.
| Sure, the obits have been posted and the requiems are being sung. The fat
| lady has already packed up her girdle and gone home with a bucket of KFC. Yet
| it seems XP -- like Bill Gates -- is still alive and kicking, at least in
| some form.


Little Billy is already 'busy' talking to politicians (see below).

Companies consider extended support for XP

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| Yesterday was the last day shops would be able to sell Windows XP as a boxed
| product. From today till January 2009, shops can sell XP by way of exercising
| the "downgrade rights" that come with owning a Vista license--HP and Dell
| have said they would continue to sell XP via that route.


No Vista? How bad can it be?!

Last week:

UN agency and Microsoft plan increased collaboration

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| The head of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
| and the Chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates have discussed enhancing their
| collaboration on using information technology to spur development around the
| world.



Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover

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| One of the most successful business partnerships in history was coming
| unraveled. It was early 2000, and Bill Gates had relinquished the chief
| executive's job at Microsoft Corp. to Steve Ballmer -- for the first time
| taking a back seat to his college pal and right-hand man of 20 years.
| Mr. Ballmer got the title. But Mr. Gates retained the power, triggering a
| yearlong struggle between the two men that until now has remained largely
| under wraps.
| Things became so bitter that, on one occasion, Mr. Gates stormed out of a
| meeting in a huff after a shouting match in which Mr. Ballmer jumped to the
| defense of several colleagues, according to an individual present at the
| time. After the exchange, Mr. Ballmer seemed "remorseful," the person said.
| The conflict between the two men paralyzed business-strategy decisions that
| the company still wrestles with today. Board members stepped in to try to
| mediate a truce.

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