Isn't it amazing just how attached so many people are to Windows XP given that it is relatively old and relatively insecure? I will even admit to having a netbook which runs very nicely on XP thank you very much, and have no plans to 'upgrade' this to Vista or Windows 7. The Russian government, in the shape of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), does not seem to keen on Vista either. Actually, let me rephrase that, it does not seem too keen on Microsoft forcing people into buying Vista by retiring Windows XP. Somewhat incredulously, it is investigating Microsoft with a view to filing formal charges revolving around an abuse of a dominant market position.
The argument seems to be that there was still considerable user demand for XP back in June 2008 when it was dropped from retail sale by Microsoft, thus creating a demand for Vista which did not exist at the time. There is also anger over computer vendors being allowed to downgrade from Vista to XP which apparently violates Russian antitrust laws in some way, possibly the charging of different prices for a product.
Is it just me, or does this seem to be taking Microsoft-bashing to a whole new low? Is it really that unreasonable for a company to withdraw an older product once a newer one has been on the market for a while? Is it really unreasonable for a company to allow vendors to provide that older product to customers who express a preference for it, and charge an appropriate price for it? For once, I find myself siding with Microsoft here.
The FAS issued a statement confirming that the case against Microsoft will be considered before the end of July.