More Than 75,000 Signatures Collected to Save Microsoft Windows XP
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — FEBRUARY 7, 2008 — InfoWorld, the leading Web site for information technology decision makers, announced today that more than 75,000 people have signed InfoWorld's "Save Windows XP" petition ( www.SaveXP.com ) in the three weeks since it was launched — many with passionate, often emotional pleas to not be forced to make a change.
While many businesses are willing to make the switch, others see the cost as too high. "We believe that users should have the choice," said Galen Gruman, executive editor of InfoWorld.
Microsoft plans to end most sales of Windows XP on June 30. Although businesses will have access to XP after that date, they will not have a simple, straightforward way to continue adding XP to new equipment and for new staff. "Thus, they face additional costs whether they choose to adopt Vista or stay with XP," Gruman noted. Therefore, InfoWorld decided in January to rally Windows users through its Save XP petition to demand that Microsoft keep XP available as a standard option indefinitely.
InfoWorld expects to present the "Save Windows XP" petition to Microsoft when it has collected 100,000 signatures. "Judging from the number of signatures and comments we've collected in such a short amount of time, we have definitely struck a nerve with this effort," Gruman said.
Although InfoWorld's campaign has given a voice to users who prefer to keep the familiar XP, concerns over Vista had been bubbling since its release a year ago. That has been evident not only anecdotally in comments that InfoWorld editors have heard from IT professionals and users alike, but also in the slow adoption of Vista in the marketplace.
Microsoft has reported that it sold 100 million Vista licenses in 2007, which means that roughly four out of 10 new machines shipped with Vista on them. By comparison, nearly 70 percent of PCs shipped with XP in its first year, reported the market research firm Net Applications.
InfoWorld's "Save Windows XP" petition is at www.SaveXP.com , where information and updates about Microsoft Vista and the fate of Windows XP are also available.
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InfoWorld Executive Editor Galen Gruman is available for interviews about the Save XP petition.
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