Microsoft to stop selling Windows XP

June 30, 2008 8:50:17 PM PDT
It isn't a popular decision with a segment of computer users. But today, Microsoft is to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers. That means once computers loaded with XP are gone from store shelves, consumers who want the old operating system on their new machines will have to buy Vista Ultimate or Vista Business, then "downgrade" their OS to XP.

This doesn't mean XP will go away completely, at least not right away. Microsoft will still let smaller PC builder shops buy XP for resale through the end of January. And there will be a version of XP for those ultra-low-cost PCs on the market.

Some computer users have called on Microsoft to keep selling XP until its next operating system is available.

Microsoft says it expects to release Windows 7 sometime next year.