Windows XP refuses death, gets extended life

The operating software that just won't die - that is Windows XP.
Microsoft is making an accommodation through a flexible inventory program that will allow distributors to place their final orders by January 31, 2009 and take delivery against those orders through May 30, 2009. Source
With Windows Vista yet to gain wide acceptance, Microsoft defers Windows XP license purchasing deadline to May 30, 2009.

This is good news to those who wanted to purchase a copy of Windows XP. You can still grab a genuine copy by the end of 2009. Others predicted that it will be extended again up to the second quarter of 2010 before Microsoft packs XP and phase it out.

For existing users, there's no need to worry because the extended support for Windows XP, which includes security updates among others, could last up to 2014.

On the other hand, debates have been heating up in forum discussions whether or not to place Windows XP as soon-to-be an obsolete software. Encouragements to Windows Vista upgrade are also increasing.

This one caught my attention:
I look at XP as a platform. I use it's basics, which will run on virtually any hardware very fast, and then us the lightest free utilities possible - about 20 or 30 of them - to bring it up to being the best OS possible that does everything I want in the WAY I want at zero financial cost.

Upgrade to Vista? It adds nothing I need at the cost of running slower on the same hardware. I'd be a fool to "upgrade".-Comment from matt2971
I agree. But to be fair, let's take a look at the other side of the story:
XP better than Vista? LOL what a joke
It might be better than Vista on your stone age hardware but Vista x64 is the best if you have the right hardware. I use Vista ultimate x64 in my home and have business x64 installed in our office and they rock. We have never faced any problems till now. - Comment from shellcodes_coder
They have good points, don't they? Basically, its really up to a user if he upgrades or not. This blogger, for example, is using XP since 2002 and have no plans of upgrading to Vista due to economic reasons. The reason why we can't upgrade our system is that the hardware goes along the OS upgrading. In simple words, we should be upgrading the hardware if we want to upgrade to Vista. And the challenging economic times prevent us to do so.

If a user sticks to XP or upgrade and go buy a genuine copy of Vista and the required hardwares, why not? It is always a matter of customer preference.