Steve Ballmer hints at possible XP extension

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Steve Ballmer hints at possible XP extension

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft CEO today said that the software company may extend the life of its previous operating system Windows XP, a glimpse of welcome news to fans of the OS and potentially seen as an admittance of Vista’s slow growth.

Speaking at a news conference in Louvain-La-Neuve University in Belgium, Ballmer said, “If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter.”

As things stand now, Microsoft will be officially pulling the plug on its six-year-old operating system for most consumers on June 30.  However, loyal users of XP, the best-selling OS ever, have voiced strong objections to this movie.

The new vesion of Windows, Vista, is selling very well but mainly because it has become the standard operating system for new computers.

Ballmer noted that the majority of OS sales today are for Vista.  “That’s the statistical truth,” he was quoted as saying in an AP story.  But he admitted that many consumers, especially large businesses, are reluctant to switch to a completely new platform.  He stopped short of announcing any kind of official XP extension, though.

The Microsoft CEO also commented on the company’s Yahoo acquisition offer, calling it “a very good price,” despite Yahoo’s refusal to consider it.


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