Stalwart operating system Windows XP Professional could continue to be a legal "downgrade" installation option through April 2010, potentially covering new systems with Windows 7 installed. That's according to an internal HP memo picked up by AppleInsider.
Microsoft officially says that downgrading is a right built into the licences of its higher-cost Business and Ultimate editions, but HP's memo cites Microsoft allowing OEMs (i.e. computer makers that install Windows on machines) to offer a downgrade for "Win 7 Professional once available." Windows 7 is rumoured to cost around $US300 retail; XP support, meanwhile, will drop out of the more general "mainstream support" into "extended" support on April 14, and netbooks can be bought with XP Home or Media centre installed for some time to come.
Would you make XP your primary operating system on a new system, even with Windows 7 soon to ship? Can you imagine a computer world without XP at this point? Tell us your take in the comments. Leaked HP memo details XP reprieve until 2010, report says [Computerworld via Slashdot]