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Microsoft Orders OEMs to Pull the Plug on XP

You had a good run, Windows XP. But now that Windows 7 has been on the market for a year, Microsoft has decided that it's time to pull the plug.

On Oct. 22, the one-year anniversary of the consumer launch of Windows 7, Microsoft announced that OEMs may no longer include Windows XP pre-installed on new desktops, laptops and netbooks. The latest cut-off extends Microsoft's longstanding effort to phase put Windows XP, seen previously with the promotion of the ill-fated Vista. Datamation has the story.

Microsoft marked another near final milestone for its 9-year-old Windows XP operating system this week.

As of October 22 -- the first anniversary of the consumer launch of Windows 7 -- Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) no longer allows PC makers to sell PCs with Windows XP pre-installed. That includes netbooks as well.

Read the full story at Datamation:
XP eXPires, OEMs to Stop Selling the Aging OS