Some may call it a confusing signal, and it is to a degree. But I think it is all about counting dollars and cents. Microsoft is once again extending the life of Windows XP to June 2010. Microsoft is also going to allow users to skip Windows Vista if they choose to downgrade from Windows 7 and go straight back to the past to XP.
Of course Netbooks are the primary reason here. Methinks Microsoft doesn’t want to lose that Netbook revenue stream and June 2010 will be just about the point that the kinks will probably be worked out for whatever SKU’s Microsoft is going to make available for new Netbooks.