Microsoft officials reminded customers and partners that after October 22, 2010, Windows XP will not be pre-installed on any PC’s. The directive states that “OEMs will no longer be able to pre-install Windows XP Home on new netbook PCs,” according to Microsoft officials. However, this is not the first time that Microsoft has made this directive known; actually they announced this cutoff date back in 2008. At that time, Microsoft called netbooks ultra-low-cost PCs.
There is another date to keep in mind, July 13, 2010. That is the date when Windows XP Service Pack 2 reaches the end of the support cycle. Users that still want or need Microsoft support for XP, should move to XP SP3 before that date. Furthermore, extended support, which is a form of paid support plus free security hotfixes, for XP SP3 ends in April 2014.
All of this is background to the pressing issue that Microsoft wants customers to do … move to Windows 7. Now!
Part of the thinking about this matter had to do with costs for the netbooks. A year ago, OEM’s were worried that Microsoft planned to charge PC makers for Windows 7. The belief is that Microsoft charges OEMs around $15 per copy for XP. On the other hand, the rumored price per copy of Windows 7 is somewhere around $50. It looked like PC makers would have to adjust to the higher cost by passing it on to consumers.
However, netbooks are still inexpensive. So the price problem has not changed sales much. The pre-installation has continued on these devices because the consumer would still buy the netbooks. If the netbooks, drop in price, the additional cost of Windows 7 will not be passed on to the consumer.
The other set of concerns was performance oriented. Could Windows 7 run as well on netbooks as Windows XP? Would there be a performance issue? The answer has proven to be no. A number of users are running Windows 7 Ultimate, and not the lower-end Home or Home Premium on their netbooks without a performance issue. That said, then OEM’s will be able to move to the Windows 7 platform. Their worries may not be as broad as they have believed.
Source: Reminder: Windows XP end-of-sales and end-of-support deadlines