2009 will see Microsoft managing three versions of Windows, trying to phase out XP and usher in Win 7 without hurting Vista.
Microsoft is ready to move on, but Windows XP -- and its fans -- just won't slink away quietly.
Should Microsoft try to be cooler or just Leave the kids alone?
Vista still poses challenges for mid-market companies, where IT budget and staffs are stretched tight. Many mid-market IT pros say application incompatibility fears and hardware requirements have stopped them from upgrading, though some are now giving Vista a second look.
A weak economy is hurting the sale of Vista, according to experts. They say the popularity of netbooks running XP is cannibalizing Vista sales.
Apple's hold steady approach to pricing for its new MacBooks is an opportunity for Windows OEMs to lower prices. And they are doing just that, particularly with netbooks, but economic factors are more the driving force than Apple.
Articles by Shane O'Neill