Microsoft offers hope for people who want to keep XP

Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer on Thursday offered a glimmer of hope to fans of the company’s XP operating system, saying customer demand may see the company reconsider a decision to stop selling XP in June, reports the Associated Press. But Ballmer was adamant that most people who buy PCs today buy them with Vista. "That’s the statistical truth," he told reporters at a press conference at Louvain-La-Neuve university. "If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter," he said. Fans of the six-year-old operating system set to be pulled off store shelves by June 30 have papered the Internet with blog posts, cartoons and petitions recently. They trumpet its superiority to Windows Vista, Microsoft’s latest PC operating system, whose consumer launch last January was greeted with lukewarm reviews…

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