Dell to Continue Selling XP Machines

By Deane Barker on April 29, 2008

Microsoft says XP is definitely dead in June, Dell says it’ll keep installing it: Dell has found a loophole in Vista licensing which it plans to exploit in order to keep selling XP machines.

Dell’s going to report a Vista sale to Microsoft, but deliver an XP box with Vista upgrade DVD to customers. (That sound you just heard was a million accountants sighing in appreciation.) The program will be available for Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision, Vostro, and XPS systems (some with a minor fee), and Dell says it’ll keep going as long as Microsoft supports the “downgrade” license option, which could be forever. Looks like June 30 just got a lot less scary for XP fans, no?