Microsoft’s Windows XP to Windows 7 transition
Microsoft’s no stranger to changing its stance on a highly controversial issue. Take for instance when the company rolled out Windows Vista in 2006. Microsoft announced a new one time only limit for those who bought a boxed copy of the OS and wanted to transfer it to another machine. After much outcry from system builders, the company backtracked on the policy, saying users could transfer a retail license an unlimited number of times.
The company ran into similar problems ahead of Windows 7 when it planned to limit sales of the still-popular Windows XP to the first six months Windows 7 was on the market, stirring fears with businesses that had intended to skip the less-popular Windows Vista entirely. Microsoft ended up extending the period to 18 months from the Windows 7 launch instead.
June 19, 2013 5:40 PM PDT
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