Microsoft won't ditch Vista until at least 2011

Even after the release of Windows 7, it looks like Microsoft won't be quick to ditch Vista according to Computer World. Microsoft plans to continue selling Vista until January 2011. However, they will drop support for Vista in less than 3 years.

This seems to go against an earlier hint by a Microsoft General Manager that the company would get rid of Vista as soon as Windows 7 was released.

However, Microsoft not ditching Vista as soon as Windows 7 is released shouldn't come as a surprise. It's a company policy to keep an OS in distribution for 4 years after its debut.

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This is a bunch of mess on Microsofts part. I have Windows Vista Home Premium on my desktop computer and laptop. From day one, I have never experienced any problems on either computer. (IMO) It was way better than Windows 98 and Windows XP which continued to have problems. I am thinking about upgrading to the the Ultimate because I love Vista so much. As for the Windows 7 fans, I am waiting for you all to start crying like babies when you experience all these bugs and say we didn't have this problem with Windows Vista.

Vista set the bar for the future of Windows, but after 7 is released, I think it will drop like a rock. Sucks, because it had so much potential. I think MS should have just reinvented Vista rather than drop a whole new OS onto everybody. But hey, who am I to nag about their business decisions? Everyone and their grandma is salivating about Windows 7 so they're doing something right.

Frankly, I'd be more keen to get Windows 7 if they offered affordable non-OEM licensing.

Right now, a retail box Vista Home Premium costs $223 at Newegg. The OEM version, $100.

The problem is, I'm a hardware enthusiast, so I do like to change motherboards. This becomes offensively expensive with the OEM licenses which (theoretically) must be replaced with the board.

If anything, I could see it being a short-sighted cut into their market-- if you rebuild your PC and have to buy a new OS licence, you can sell the old hardware and licence, likely at below-market prices.

And let me ask Microsoft ... why in the world , a man in his mind will buy vista when windows 7 is out ? i agree for support (for people that got vista already)
I have a feeling that around 2011 vista will "die" but XP will still be extended , whenever xp comes close to end, it's extended one more year :))

I've been using Windows XP ever since it was released. Before the release of Windows Vista, I've read countless opinions on it. However, it wasn't until I bought a new computer in late '07 that I used Windows Vista as my main operating system. Let's just say that I was a very happy customer. Not only did it look aesthetically pleasing compared to Windows XP, I ran into less issues than I expected. In fact, the only issues I ran into were driver related. And to this day I haven't had a single BSOD. Windows 7 was made to improve upon the faults of Windows Vista. The way I see it, I don't think Windows Vista has many faults compared to previous operating systems. For that reason, I will gladly purchase Windows 7.

Having had no problems with Vista Business, glad to hear that. If you have a computer that runs it, why not.

Besides, Vists Sp2 is just alot better than SP1. Keeps the laptop fan better

I think MS should flash us all with one of them men in black memory eraser thingys and wipe our memory of vista and well xp as well.

While I like Vista now I hated it at release. Honestly Windows 7 is hands down far better Ditch Vista keep 7 act like Vista was just a myth and never happened.

I think I heard they were going to offer a free upgrade for those who bought Vista after June this year or something..

If they ditch Vista so soon after it's release I would like to see the option for people who bought Vista get a free upgrade to Win7. Currently I am very happy with my Vista computer and I see no reason why I should jump on the Win7 wagon just yet.

How much can you expect to pay for Windows 7 when it's released f? If it ends up being as good as people are saying I might go for it on my Vista laptop if the price is friendly enough.

Only a few hundred dollars for Starter Edition, and you'll be able to run up to a whole 3 concurrent applications!

Uh... if he's in any first world country, he won't be able to buy Starter Edition at all...and OEM for it's going to be in the < $100 range.

Check newegg for OEM vista costs, they're very likely going to be comparable.

i guess , they people already forgot that MS already turned on the killswitch for there beloved xp last month.

skynetXrules said,
i guess , they people already forgot that MS already turned on the killswitch for there beloved xp last month.


Support is extended for XP until 2014. Where's the kill-switch?

So we are paying big bucks being forced to buy a new operating system that is identical to Vista. Yeah, that will win customers over, lets hold a gun to their head. Then when we do fork the money over, the following year Windows 7 support ends. Sounds like a real bargain. No wonder Microsofts stock is so low.

TC17 said,
So we are paying big bucks being forced to buy a new operating system that is identical to Vista. Yeah, that will win customers over, lets hold a gun to their head. Then when we do fork the money over, the following year Windows 7 support ends. Sounds like a real bargain. No wonder Microsofts stock is so low.

So, you didn't bother reading the article then?

I wasn't aware that Vista won't boot once 7 is released. When did Microsoft do that?

Oh right they didn't... So you're NOT forced to buy any new version of Winodws, ever.

TC17 said,
So we are paying big bucks being forced to buy a new operating system that is identical to Vista. Yeah, that will win customers over, lets hold a gun to their head. Then when we do fork the money over, the following year Windows 7 support ends. Sounds like a real bargain. No wonder Microsofts stock is so low.


What are you talking about. Have another drink/smoke or whatever you are doing?

Raa said,
Yeah, TBH, they should ditch Vista once Win 7 hits the market.

At it again with your subtle anti-Vista trolling, I see. Just give it up. It's tiresome. Besides, what do you care? You'll just keep fawning over XP anyway.

You'll find a lot of the enthusiasts will move directly to 7 as soon as the RTM hits. Vista will be dropped like a stone by most (if not all) of the hardware vendors.
Vista will continue to be used by the people who bought a system from PC World and don't know much more than surfing the net and checking email.

Seeing as how Vista and 7 are almost identical to hardware makers I doubt they'll be dropping it anytime soon.

Not to mention it is all about your customers. If they have enough people on Vista they'll keep supporting it or loose business.

Frazell Thomas said,
Seeing as how Vista and 7 are almost identical to hardware makers I doubt they'll be dropping it anytime soon.

Not to mention it is all about your customers. If they have enough people on Vista they'll keep supporting it or loose business.


Yes, they will have to support Vista; however depending on how the market shifts towards Windows 7 will determine how long the vendors keep supporting the older OS.

+1 Ultimate extra.

Vista will be a very tough sell as soon as 7 is released to the market. It's usually hard enough to continue selling a previous OS alongside a new one let alone Vista VS 7!

Poor Vista, you brought new Windows technology to the world and failed; how ironic that 7 is going to be so much better yet without Vista you wouldn't be.

AnthoWin said,
Poor Vista, you brought new Windows technology to the world and failed; how ironic that 7 is going to be so much better yet without Vista you wouldn't be.

Somehow I feel the same is going to be said about Windows 8 and 9.

AnthoWin said,
Poor Vista, you brought new Windows technology to the world and failed; how ironic that 7 is going to be so much better yet without Vista you wouldn't be.

Vista will always have a place in my heart (and my hard drive)

Recon415 said,
Vista will always have a place in my heart (and my hard drive) :)

Yup, same... well maybe not my hard drive, but at least in my heart. :P

People think of it as a failure. It wasn't. Without Vista we wouldn't have Windows 7 today.

I would say get rid of Vista. Vista was anyways a first public test release of Windows 7 which was sold to make Windows 7 the Best OS by Microsoft so far.
Now, old Vista users must get Windows 7 at highly discounted rates.

TR2006LH said,
Vista was sold to make Windows 7 the Best OS.
Now, old Vista users must get Windows 7 at highly discounted rates.

(snipped)

Window7 requires 15 GB of free disk space for the o/s. XP 2 GB. Buyers of new PC's will be forced into that horrible bloat, anyone with sense will but a Netbook with XP, for $250 while they can! Sadly, Vista (and Windows 7) will be around for years to come.

It's all relative boho, what was the HDD space of norm when XP was released? Around 100Gb or something? What's it now, for a brand new PC, I'd be looking for at least 500Gb... times move! You can't expect better things to always come in the same size.

boho said,
(snipped)
Window7 requires 15 GB of free disk space for the o/s. XP 2 GB. Buyers of new PC's will be forced into that horrible bloat, anyone with sense will but a Netbook with XP, for $250 while they can! Sadly, Vista (and Windows 7) will be around for years to come.

Your ignorance saddens me to think that there are still people like you out there. Recommended space for XP was 15 GB. Total install space was 2 GB. 20 GB for Seven, 3-4 GB for install only.

Windows 7 is Vista as much as Vista was XP. It's Microsoft's new OS that runs on the same NT kernel, just improved. And infact, as I have observed, Windows 7 is much more responsive on the same hardware as Vista was. Closer to being that of XP. The immense amount of features in Windows 7 should slow it right down, but seeing the performance I'm getting I have to give big kudos to Microsoft on the optimization.

I am willing to bet... no... I know as an honest fact that you've never used Vista, or Windows 7 for that matter.

Good day Sir.

TR2006LH said,
I would say get rid of Vista. Vista was anyways a first public test release of Windows 7 which was sold to make Windows 7 the Best OS by Microsoft so far.
Now, old Vista users must get Windows 7 at highly discounted rates.

That's one hilarious conspiracy theory.

Recon415 said,


Your ignorance saddens me to think that there are still people like you out there. Recommended space for XP was 15 GB. Total install space was 2 GB. 20 GB for Seven, 3-4 GB for install only.

Windows 7 is Vista as much as Vista was XP. It's Microsoft's new OS that runs on the same NT kernel, just improved. And infact, as I have observed, Windows 7 is much more responsive on the same hardware as Vista was. Closer to being that of XP. The immense amount of features in Windows 7 should slow it right down, but seeing the performance I'm getting I have to give big kudos to Microsoft on the optimization.

I am willing to bet... no... I know as an honest fact that you've never used Vista, or Windows 7 for that matter.

Good day Sir.


Well Said. Just Perfect.

Window7 requires 15 GB of free disk space for the o/s. XP 2 GB. Buyers of new PC's will be forced into that horrible bloat, anyone with sense will but a Netbook with XP, for $250 while they can! Sadly, Vista (and Windows 7) will be around for years to come.[/quote]

Dunno what you've installed, but I have Windows 7 and Office 2007 Enterprise installed and it only takes up 12GB. You have to remember Windows 7 is not necessarily be targeted at the NetBook crowd (totally different machines), however it will be offerre on a slimmer level. With storage prices so small now, what's the problem?

JahnnyBoy said,
Dunno what you've installed, but I have Windows 7 and Office 2007 Enterprise installed and it only takes up 12GB. You have to remember Windows 7 is not necessarily be targeted at the NetBook crowd (totally different machines), however it will be offerre on a slimmer level. With storage prices so small now, what's the problem?

ummm, are you serious? Microsoft has made Windows 7 in a way to also be friendly to netbook users. From doing this, they will also ween off some XP users and be a good competitor to the Linux distros netbooks usually come with.

There will be no such thing anymore. In fact, if you upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 your extras won't work.

Thing is, XP had a prolonged life because Vista took so long to arrive - with 7 now almost baked it's perfectly normal to drop support for Vista within the normal timeframe for MS.

Short life? Support going out in 2013... It was released in 2006. I certainly wouldn't stick with any one OS more than 7 years.

Recon415 said,
Short life? Support going out in 2013... It was released in 2006. I certainly wouldn't stick with any one OS more than 7 years.

Before someone corrects me, my bad. I seem to have mistake the 2011 for 2013. Just woke up..

Recon415 said,
Short life? Support going out in 2013... It was released in 2006. I certainly wouldn't stick with any one OS more than 7 years.


Dude, Vista was release to the public in January 2007, not 2006.

Recon415 said,
Short life? Support going out in 2013... It was released in 2006. I certainly wouldn't stick with any one OS more than 7 years.

People sure seem to be happy doing this with XP... :P

Of course, really, neither would I.

JahnnyBoy said,
Dude, Vista was release to the public in January 2007, not 2006.

But the original release was to MSDN and technet users back on my 14th birthday, November 7, 2006

so what about joe bloggs who doesnt care about vista or 7 or xp?
he's bought a pc and has vista HP on it...
wouldn't have a clue how to re install an OS either.
do you think he is going to go out a pay for win 7?
why should he?

If you had said would Joe get Vista for his PC, i'd say no.
But since you're asking if he'll want to get Win 7, i'd say yes. Consumers like the latest things, and moreso when others say "it's the best thing you can have for your computer! (Unlike Vista)"*

*Comments vary from person to person.

Antiprophet said,
so what about joe bloggs who doesnt care about vista or 7 or xp?
he's bought a pc and has vista HP on it...
wouldn't have a clue how to re install an OS either.
do you think he is going to go out a pay for win 7?
why should he?

I agree. Especially when Windows 7 is basically the same thing despite the lies spread about Vista. I've tried both, and they ARE the same with only minor differences. This thing may have lawsuit written all over it.

TC17 said,
I agree. Especially when Windows 7 is basically the same thing despite the lies spread about Vista. I've tried both, and they ARE the same with only minor differences. This thing may have lawsuit written all over it.

Another guy who only call an OS different if it has a new GUI.

Oh and be sure to follow the builds changes next time... so you can see the changes made.

Glendi said,
Another guy who only call an OS different if it has a new GUI.

Oh and be sure to follow the builds changes next time... so you can see the changes made.

You don't get it. They DID change the GUI. Thing is though, 7 is much closer to Vista than it is to XP. Sure, they've added a bunch of new features for the end-user and made some performance improvements, but as a whole, they're very similar.

And I've been following the builds.

TC17 said,
I agree. Especially when Windows 7 is basically the same thing despite the lies spread about Vista. I've tried both, and they ARE the same with only minor differences. This thing may have lawsuit written all over it.

I don't know what builds you were looking at, but there have been A LOT of changes made in Windows 7. It may have been built on Vista, but it isn't the same as Vista as you imply...

As for the lawsuit remark, are you suggesting the Windows Vista Team sue the Windows 7 Team? LMAO

TC17 said,
I agree. Especially when Windows 7 is basically the same thing despite the lies spread about Vista. I've tried both, and they ARE the same with only minor differences. This thing may have lawsuit written all over it.

Did the Windows 2000 team sue the Windows XP team back in 2001?

Let's not forget how long Windows 2000's support is; it's still on its extended support period.

The Windows 7 kernel is the same as the vista kernel, just optimized and tweaked, not so much a brand new OS, i prefer to say that its just what vista could have been, if they hadn't of rushed it out.
Besides, vista isn't THAT bad if I'm honest. Home Premium runs quite smoothly if im honest.
Windows 7 definitely uses a lot of vistas GUI, and its just expanded on, with better performance and ease of access for people.

M_Lyons10 said,
HAHAHA, good luck. I think Microsoft forgot about them... What a shame, it could have been so good. :(

I don't think they forgot so much as they just underestimated their ability to provide. That is why that "feature" wasn't carried over to win7.

You should better try finding the Yeti or the monster of Loch Ness, you'll have much more luck there.

Anyway, it doesn't really matter if MS discontinues Vista or not... no at least half-way sane person will buy Vista anymore after Win7 is out.

I want them to optimize DreamScenes to be a little less resource intense and make it workable for Windows 7 without the need for patches/hacks.