spotlight swings onto Windows 7, Microsoft is
refusing to say what it will do with Vista after the new operating system is
Normally Redmond lets two operating systems run alongside each
other for a while and flogs both until the new one is sufficiently embedded in
the hearts and minds of the world. However word on the street suggest that
Microsoft may drive Vista to a deserted beach and put a bullet in the back of
its head on the day Windows 7 officially launches.
Word from Redmond is that
it wants to put the Vista fiasco behind it as soon as possible and will stop
flogging Vista the same day that Windows 7 is launched. Richard Francis,
general manager and Windows client business group lead at Microsoft
Asia-Pacific, told PC World
that he was unsure if computer makers will be able to ship Vista once Windows 7
is made available.
True an enterprise customer that purchases a PC with
Windows 7 pre-installed is allowed to downgrade to Vista should they desire,
similar to what we have today on Vista to XP, but that is not the same
thing. Microsoft will stop supporting all versions of Vista in April 2012,
but if no one can buy it then that date is more academic.