Microsoft Should Make Windows XP Free To Tackle Piracy and Linux
By on July 20th, 2009

There has been lot of discussion about new operating systems cropping up to beat the legacy of Microsoft based operating systems, however much they try they have not been able to penetrate the market and may not be able to do in the future.

However more than anything, one thing that changed everything for Microsoft was Windows XP, it actually was really the most accepted operating system Microsoft ever made and will always remain that way, no matter how much or improved, Windows XP will still be remembered by many as a operating system they can always fall back on.

However now that Microsoft has decided to retire Windows XP in the coming year, it would make a great decision to offer a free if not a open source version of Windows XP to users.

This would definitely cut down privacy and stamp Microsoft’s authority on a lot of people who are solely concerned that Microsoft sells operating systems at a cost they cannot afford to buy at.

With Windows 7 already making a huge impact on people, letting out Windows XP for free will not only increase the credibility of Microsoft, it will also enhance their image among people who hate them for the price factor.

If Microsoft makes the decision to make XP free, it will not have to compete with the growing popularity of Ubuntu and other Linux based desktops, since most of the people moving to them are looking to save costs while building affordable personal computing systems.

Will providing free operating system make a loss? Not that we think, in fact it will bring more and more people who are breaking away from Microsoft back home.

What do you think about this? Should Microsoft give away Windows XP for free? Join the discussion and let us know.

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  • http://ikunal.in Kunal Gautam

    I agree they should make the XP Professional Edition available for FREE of Cost :) .

  • Shane

    Nice thought, makes sense for them to do so but there is no way they will ever do it! With XP free would you switch to Windows 7 or Vista…ever?

  • http://www.pallab.net Pallab

    privacy? you mean piracy.don’t you?

    XP is awesome (that’s what I am currently using on my old desktop). But remember that XP also had its share of hiccups. I remember people hanging on to 98 SE2 because it did everything they needed and was lighter and more stable.

    SP1 helped matters and SP2 was awesome. XP got rock stable and became highly polished (almost not bugs) over the years.

    Releasing XP for free would have ben an awesome move. But something like this requires thinking outside the box.

    Possibly MS doesn’t want to do it because it would mean that they would have to continue to support XP (through security updates). If it doesn’t then expect them to get quite a bashing from the press. If it does then XP would actually start costing them.

  • Robert

    They can’t make it free and non-open source, that would cost them a lot of money for support.
    They also can’t make it open source, because a huge community will form and finally bypass windows (8, 9?) in both stability and usability.

    Also, the WINE project will gain all source code and all windows applications will run near native on UNIX machines too.

    I think this is not the way to go for windows, although I love the concept.

  • Derek

    No way. XP is already 8 years old, we don’t need it hovering around for another 8 years. It took far too long to get people off the 9x platform.

    Releasing XP for free would only encourage its use. The industry needs to move forward and XP needs to die in the next few years.

    The next step is 64-bit, and I’m hoping the PC manufacturers really push Win7 with 64-bit.

  • http://www.technologyjuice.com Juscelino M. Acevedo

    As much as I agree with your suggestion I think it would be a bad idea for Microsoft. The problem that I see is that if I was offered XP for free I would not purchase another operating system for years. Plain and simple, XP is great.

    Also, with the bad taste of Vista, I feel that many people are not really inclined to purchase Windows 7 for worry of the same situation. That said, XP free will equal no sales for Microsoft.

  • http://www.techarraz.com Chinmoy Kanjilal

    A free XP will cost MS, but an open source XP, will expose it, and destroy it. With poorly written code, patchwork and stolen code snippets all over it, MS will die saving the code.
    Though, an open source XP will create XP distros as we have for Linux, and will establish MS as a strong competitor in the Open Source World.
    That way, they will have things to learn and given the number of MS fanatics and Linux haters, an Open Source XP will see a very positive response.
    It would also shut the FOSS MS haters, who would look like complete lunatics raising fingers at MS anymore.

    @pallab, @Robert, cost for free support, true. But, that cost is near minimal compared to the gains it can make by continuing paid support for XP. The prime reason for this is that many institutions and offices using licensed XP with paid support are reluctant to upgrade their hardware. That way, they will continue using XP. My college uses XP in spite of having dual core desktops, which are quite capable of running Windows 7 with aero turned on.

  • 1101doc

    Nope. what I think Microsoft should do is recycle XP. Rework it to include all the service packs and updates, include fixes for all "annoyances" that have cropped up over the years, integrate Geswall or Sandboxie, replace system tools with SysInternals utilities, add the functionality of many of the 3rd-party tools now availablble (like ERUNT, for example) and sell it all over again. I'd buy it. Let XP live again as XPX!

  • amiraj

    Microsoft can sell windows xp at token price also if they want

  • rajesh

    like it

    • John

      Microsoft should release XP second edition next year, and abandon the crap Windows 8 idea. which will be too inspired by Mobile phones OS.

  • Sean

    I beleive they should make all wersions of windows xp free because it would make computers cheaper, give some people a taste of wndows for the first time and then eventually microsoft will have more paying customers for its newer OSs. microsoft should also make windows vista basic free to everyone. xp should become open source.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000124815110 David Gale

    I’ve been beating this drum on XP since 2007 but I have to say that, so far as my own dealings with senior executives at Redmond are concerned, they just don’t do ‘strategy’ any more. Personally, I would go much, much further by adding the following to the list:

    Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Sharepoint 2003, SQL 2003, BizTalk Server 2006, ISA Server 2004, Windows XP SP3, and Windows Mobile 6.1.

    It’s worth noting that for around £300 small businesses can still get hold of Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 which has most of the above components in a format that can be run on a very low spec redundant PC.

    I’ve also argued since 2004 that MS should be using SBS as the basis for a home server but since they ripped off 25% of TADAG.com (which became OpenID) which then barred their access to the critical 75% which is the glue they would need to make an SBS-based home server viable, they kinda shot themselves in the foot with their own greedy gun.

    If MS open-sourced the enterprise list above they could decimate Linux and have a platform upon which to sell in new product functionality and performance. Sadly, I find too many MS exectuives focused on short-term, share price related targets, whilst aligning themselves to maximise their return on a split-up and sell-off of the company.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566110909 Ady Webb

      HaHa so funny you should post this I have been a fan of XP since launch but today I have just completed installing ubuntu 11 on all of our machines. all family members are very pleased

  • sudheer

    i think the above disscusion is absolutely write

  • 123blablabla567

    they should make windows 7 lite, but they won’t do that because it’s “microsoft”. every company that I know makes freeware programs, etc so I’m not expecting this from microsoft

 
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