Microsoft has said it will put Vista to bed in 2011 at the earliest.
According to a report in Computerworld, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company has no plans to dump Vista when Windows 7 launches and will keep selling it to computer makers, system builders, volume licensees and consumers at retail until at least January 2011.
Yesterday a comment by Richard Francis, general manager and Windows client business group leader at Microsoft Asia-Pacific sparked speculation that MS would ditch Vista as soon as Windows 7 launched. Francis told the IDG news service that the Redmond company was still not sure if the manufacturers will be able to ship Vista once Windows 7 launches.
CW reports that a Microsoft spokeswoman declined to confirm that the company would dump Vista when Windows 7 appears. "We have not made any final end-of-sales decisions for Windows Vista," she said in an e-mail.
At the same time she pointed out that Microsoft's policy is to keep an OS in distribution for at least four years after its debut, which would mean Vista would have to be available until January 2011. However, with Windows 7 offering users the ability to run older programs using a built in XP mode, it's hard to imagine anyone opting for Vista over Windows 7.
Check out the full report on Computerworld.