The final shipment date of Microsoft's aged, yet distinctively non-Vista (and working) operating system has been extended. System builders can now obtain Windows XP until May 30, 2009.
Windows XP was originally scheduled for end-of-life on January 31, 2009. That deadline was delayed to mid-2010, provided the Windows XP licenses were for netbooks and low-cost PCs that can't handle Windows Vista.
Microsoft has a problem, though, given the popular opinion of Windows Vista ranks just below Typhoid Mary in terms of "must-have" status. PC makers selling larger systems have been working around the January 2009 Windows XP expiration date by offering Windows-Vista-loaded machines with an option to downgrade to Windows XP.
Under the new, four-month extension, PC makers must still purchase licenses before January 31, but can choose to have the licenses delivered through May 30, 2009. This is apparently a move to keep system builders from stockpiling licenses at least until Microsoft can shove early versions of Windows 7 (...grumble...) out the door in late 2009.