As a VAR in the Small/Medium sized business sector we will still be
able to provide PCs with Windows XP Professional SP3 pre-installed.
Larger organisations like Dell and HP for example are no longer able to
ship PCs with XP, that is for whom it has been withdrawn. Retail
versions of XP are pretty much non-existent at suppliers, so it is only
with the purchase of a new PC that XP can still be provided legally.
I know this will be a relief for some people as with bitter
experience, we’ve learned that an large amount of applications
(specially in the financial sector) still have problems with PC. That’s
not to say its not a vast improvement over last year.
As to when XP will finally be completely withdrawn, sources indicate that this will be later in Q3 2008.