Dell Offers Windows XP As Choice
Responding to overwhelming customer feedback, Dell has announce it will begin allowing more systems to be configured with Windows XP. When shopping online for Inspiron Laptops and/or Dimension Desktops look for the Windows XP option on the right side of the screen.
Dell is still promoting Windows Vista but allowing this choice is a huge concession. Obviously, the folks in Redmond can’t be happy. According to Dell, the change was the result of user feedback on their Dell Idea Storm customer web site. Idea Storm is like a Digg/SlashDot system for customer feedback. The topic “Don't eliminate XP just yet" has received over 12,000 votes.
Two months ago, disgruntled, I wrote “Dell says No to XP, Recommend Virtual PC” and since that time, three family members have purchased new Dell laptops with Vista installed. As it turns out, they’re all pretty happy with Vista.
My brother John (Inspiron 6400) says, “The more I use Vista, the more I really like it”.
My daughter Erica (Inspiron E1505) says, “Vista wasn’t as disruptive as I had expected”. She also had this to say about Office 2007, “At first the new Office 2007 interface annoyed me, but within 20 minutes I realized this was how it should have always been done”.
And lastly, my sister Mary (Inspiron E1405) who had problems that I wrote about titled, “Great New Dell Vista Laptop but No Internet” now says, “I would have gotten XP, but I’m now glad I was forced to get Vista”.