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Nearly 50,000 sign up to save Windows XP

Nearly a year ago, someone submitted a request to Dell not to eliminate Windows XP just yet and by the 20th of January 2008, this request had gathered more than 26,000 votes which prompted Dell to continue selling Windows XP as an option on some systems since April last year.

However, Windows XP is already doomed as a standalone option as Microsoft has already announced that the seven year old operating system will be discontinued on the 30th of June 2008.

As a result, Infoworld, a tech website, launched a "Save Windows XP" petition which recruited more than 40,000 campaigners with roughly half coming from the US.

PCAdvisor (opens in new tab) reports that some, like Ken Anderson from the Burton Group, consider that a significant group of Windows XP users have developed emotional bonds with their operating system, just like Coke users did two decades ago with the original Coca Cola.

The petition called for Microsoft to keep Windows XP alongside Windows Vista indefinitely; it is however highly unlikely that Microsoft will agree to the petitioners request as this would undermine Microsoft's bottom-line and more importantly, slow down the upgrade cycle on which many Microsoft partners (like Dell, Asus or HP) depend to sell newer and more powerful computers.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.