Wasting no time, Microsoft appears set to stop sales of Vista as soon as Windows 7 ships. Official support from the company would be provided through April 2012, however.
This would be a change from the last OS revision, where XP was sold long after Vista’s 2006 debut.
In a somewhat cryptic statement, Microsoft General Manager Richard Francis wrote in an internal e-mail that he was “not sure” if computer makers would be able to ship Vista after Win 7’s launch, PC World reports. That doesn’t make much sense, since Microsoft is in control of the OS reaching its manufacturers.
I might be reading too much into it, but it sounds to me like Microsoft is trying to carefully word a quick exit from Vista, without actually saying its dumping the OS. Everybody knows that in terms of success, Vista was just about as popular as Windows ME (we all know how well that one went over).
Add to this the fact that XP will continue to live on in netbooks until at least 2010, and it seems to further my supposition.