A Microsoft spokesperson yesterday acknowledged a petition asking the company to keep Windows XP for sale indefinitely rather than drop the popular OS from most sales outlets on 30 June as planned.
"We're aware of it but are listening first and foremost to feedback we hear from partners and customers about what makes sense based on their needs," a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson noted that Microsoft had already delayed XP's demise by six months from its original 31 December 2007 end-of-sales date, as software vendors, customers and others complained that the deadline was too soon, coming less than a year after Windows Vista's release.
"That's what informed our decision to extend the availability of XP initially and what will continue to guide us," she said.
Microsoft has not previously responded to requests for a comment on the petition effort, which has gathered more than 79,000 signatures.