When Microsoft released Vista, they somehow failed to convince users to upgrade. We can’t blame Microsoft for their poor marketing efforts. They did whatever they could to promote Vista, but users just didn’t agree to spend few hundred dollars on upgrading to something which wasn’t as stable as their previous operating system.
Microsoft had decided to stop selling XP late last year, but they extended the date to July 30th 2008. If everything happens as planned by Microsoft, XP will be heading towards grave yards. And I think it will only force poor customers into piracy, rather than boosting Vista’s sales. Retiring XP also means wasteful upgrade to Vista-capable PC. Infoworld believes that it’s not fare to stop selling an operating system which still has lots of miles left.
They’ve launched a campaign called "Save XP", which will encourage people to sign an online petition against XP being discontinued. Names of those who have signed the online petition will be sent to Microsoft hoping that it’ll change their minds.