Windows 8 Pro Has Downgrade Rights - But Not to XP
Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 8, with its controversial new tablet-oriented interface, is to come with downgrade rights - these let customers replace the new version of Windows with an older version without having to pay for two copies. However, the rights are limited to the Pro version (which is standard Microsoft practice) and interestingly, exclude downgrading to XP, with the rights extend to Windows 7 and Windows Vista, only. Also, the upcoming Office 2013 will not work on XP, either.
One licensing expert noticed XP was AWOL.
"So no downgrade rights to XP. Also note that the soon-to-come Office 2013 will not support XP. So we can see they are trying to strangle the life out of XP," said Kenny Chan, a technology specialist for CDW, in message earlier this month on a LinkedIn thread dedicated to Microsoft licensing professionals.
"What I don't know is how long Microsoft will keep XP available for download on VLSC for volume licensing customers after the debut of Windows 8," Chan added. VLSC (Volume License Service Center) is the online portal for companies that have signed volume licensing agreements with Microsoft.
Posted by | Mon, Sep 03, 2012 - 09:54 PM