Apparently people are so attached to Windows XP that Microsoft is extending the OS's support for another 10 years, a move that is way beyond typical for the software giant.
In fact, Microsoft has historically put the end to "downgrade" rights within months of launching a new operating system. However, customers were so opposed to Vista that Microsoft had no choice but to continue supporting XP, and now some XP owners are just non-detachable to their old OS.
Most individual users are moving onto Windows 7, as the inadequacies of Vista are no longer present. However, businesses with hundreds or possibly thousands of connected machines still want everyone on the same operating system.
Initially, Microsoft said that Windows 7 owners would be able to downgrade to Windows XP for 18 months after Windows 7 was released.
However, at today's Microsoft conference in Washington DC, it was revealed that 74% of businesses still use Windows XP, and in light of that Microsoft has decided to do the unimaginable: continue supporting Windows 7 - Windows XP downgrades for another 10 years.
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