Microsoft's Windows 7-to-XP downgrade plan a 'real mess,' says analyst.Byline: email@example.com (Staff)
As expected, Microsoft will let computer makers sell PCs with the aged Windows XP The previous client version of Windows. XP was a major upgrade to the client version of Windows 2000 with numerous changes to the user interface. XP improved support for gaming, digital photography, instant messaging, wireless networking and sharing connections to the Internet. for six months after it releases Windows 7, a move that will confuse companies and make it tougher for them to manage their licensing, an analyst said today.<p>A slide from a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that Computerworld has seen shows that the company plans to cut off OEMs' XP downgrade Downgrade
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For example, an analyst may downgrade a stock from strong buy to buy, or a bond rating agency may downgrade a bond from AAA to AA. rights six months after Windows 7 debuts, limiting computer makers' moves after that to offering Vista-powered PCs.<p>Only computers that come with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate allow OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and downgrade rights, according to according to
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3. the slide. That set-up is similar to the one used for Vista, which can be downgraded to XP Professional only from Vista Business See Windows Vista versions. and Vista Ultimate See Windows Vista versions. . (Vista Business is the closest edition to the upcoming Windows 7 Professional in its feature set.)<p>What's different with Windows 7, and what could potentially be a nightmarish headache for enterprises, is the six-month limitation on downgrades from Windows 7 to XP.<p>"Microsoft has never had this sort of limited time for downgrades, and we think it's going to be a real mess," said Michael Silver, an analyst with Gartner.<p>With the Oct. 22 launch date that Microsoft has already announced -- called "general availability" in its jargon -- OEMs will presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. be allowed to ship XP-equipped systems through most of April, 2010. Previously a leaked Hewlett-Packard memo noted that Microsoft had given that computer maker the green light to offer XP downgrades until next April 30; two months ago, the company refused to confirm the HP memo's contents. <p>Silver outlined the Catch-22 as he sees it. "For an organization that's trying to skip Vista, that means they really need to buy new PCs that they need to run on XP, and want to upgrade later to Windows 7, by April 21, 2010," Silver said. "[But] since a lot of organizations won't be ready for Windows 7 until later in 2010 or even early 2011, any PCs they buy from April 22, 2010 on, and until they are ready to deploy Windows 7, would need an upgrade license or [Software Assurance] to allow them to run Windows XP temporarily, and upgrade to Windows 7 later on."<p>Corporations that subscribe to Verb 1. subscribe to - receive or obtain regularly; "We take the Times every day"
buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; Software Assurance (SA) -- Microsoft's annuity-like upgrade guarantee program -- or purchase Windows through volume licensing plans have downgrade rights from any edition, including Windows 7, to any previous version going as far back as Windows 95. <p>Silver's scenario means that companies who want to later upgrade new PCs to Windows 7, but want to run XP for the moment -- most likely, to keep them in sync with the rest of the firm -- will have to buy those machines before the end of April 2010, or purchase SA, or fork over money for an upgrade license from XP to Windows 7 later.<p>Lacking an SA plan, companies that buy PCs after the 2010 downgrade cut-off cut-off Anesthesiology The point at which elongation of the carbon chain of the 1-alkanol family of anesthetics results in a precipitous drop in the anesthetic potential of these agents–eg, at > 12 carbons in length, there is little anesthetic activity, would have to make do with Vista or move all the way to Windows 7 if they wanted to avoid a multiple license hit. Neither operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. would be of help if the firm was still standardized on XP.<p>The alternative to SA: Buy the new PC with Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, which do have downgrade rights to XP, then downgrade to the old OS. Later, said Silver, one would have to buy an upgrade license from XP to Windows 7.<p>Silver saw other problems looming because of the unusual cut-off. "Most organizations are challenged when it comes to asset management anyway, so trying to figure out which PCs need SA or upgrades and which don't could be a challenge, not to mention the additional cash those upgrades will cost," he said.<p>Silver has been pessimistic about Microsoft's downgrade plans for months. Back in February, he said that Windows 7 downgrade rights to XP would be "hugely important" to the companies and their timing of a migration to the new OS. At the time, he thought that there was a good chance Microsoft wouldn't offer any downgrade path from Windows 7 to XP.<p>Microsoft was unable to confirm the details that Silver spelled out about Windows 7's limited-time downgrades.<p>Copyright 2009 IDG IDG International Data Group
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