According to reports, Dell has said it will sell and support Windows XP to its customers beyond the 30 June cut-off date set by Microsoft.
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Dell says it will take advantage of a licensing option in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate that lets PC makers provide XP under the Vista licence, or a ‘downgrade’ licence. In other words, the user will be buying a Vista licence that can apply to the XP operating system, and Microsoft can still claim a Vista sale.
The ‘downgrade’ program will be available as an option at no charge on a number of Dell models.