Windows users are up in arms about the imminent demise of Windows XP and are petitioning Microsoft to keep the older product available so they can avoid having to upgrade to what many feel is an inferior product: Windows Vista.
Microsoft is set to stop selling shrink-wrapped copies of Windows XP from 30 June, with OEMs able to sell the product until 31 December. Thereafter, all users will have no choice but to buy Windows Vista.
"Millions of us have grown comfortable with XP and don't see a need to change to Vista," it says on SaveXP.com, an online petition aimed at getting Microsoft to keep Windows XP available.
"When that strong desire to stick with XP became obvious in spring 2007, major computer makers such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard quietly reintroduced new XP-based systems (but just to business customers, so as not to offend Microsoft). Come 30 June, however, even that option goes away.
"So what to do? Let Microsoft decide where your personal and enterprise software "lives"? Or send a loud and clear message that you don't want to move?"
Users are invited to sign the online petition at Save.XP.com, which asks Microsoft to keep XP indefinitely.
Some comments posted on the site by users include an adminition for Microsoft to "wake up and listen".
Another reads: "Vista is a major step backwards. It looks like MS has concentrated on unnecessary gimmicks instead of improving the OS itself."
A number of comments indicate that users would rather move to Linux that be forced on to Vista if they have to give up XP.