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Gruman started a Save XP Web petition, gathering since January more than 100,000 signatures and thousands of comments, mostly from die-hard XP users who want Microsoft to keep selling it until the next version of Windows is released, currently targeted for 2010.
On the petition site’s comments section, some users proclaimed they will downgrade from Vista to XP – an option available in the past to businesses, but now open for the first time to consumers who buy Vista Ultimate or Business editions – if they need to buy a new computer after XP goes off the market.
Others used the comments section to rail against the very idea that Microsoft has the power to enforce the phase-out from a stable, decent product to one that many consider worse, while profiting from the move. Many threatened to leave Windows for Apple or Linux machines.
Microsoft already extended the XP deadline once, but it shows no signs it will do so again. The company has declined to meet with Gruman to consider the petition. Microsoft is aware of the petition, it said in a statement to The Associated Press, and "will continue to be guided by feedback we hear from partners and customers about what makes sense based on their needs."
Gruman said he’d keep pressing for a meeting.
“They really believe if they just close their eyes, people will have no choice,” he said.
In fact, most people who get a new computer will end up with Vista. In 2008, 94 percent of new Windows machines for consumers worldwide will run Vista, forecasts industry research group IDC. For businesses, about 75 percent of new PCs will have Vista. (That figure takes into account companies that choose to downgrade to XP.)
Although Microsoft may not budge on selling new copies of XP, it may have to extend support for it.
This is how people should use internet petition. Not just create and left it. Purse it and also use all other means, not just petition. When gather hundred thousand people then press release it to news agencies around the world. Maybe CNN or other news agencies pick it up and make world wide news.
Lots of things we should learn from it. What do you guys think? Can somebody crazy enough do this to ask different international companies to included Pakistan in their list (just for example, PayPal and many other companies)?