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We just got this in from a credible source:

I have just been advised by my Dell representative that Dell will be offering XP on Optiplex and Latitude computers through 2011 at no extra cost. Vista media will be available for those who think they might want to install it later on. Vostro computer orders will have the same option at a $50.00 premium.

Note: this means that there will be an extended period of review available for Windows 7 before we have to commit to it.

She told me that the reps are thrilled to be able to respond to the increasing expressions of concern from customers regarding the June 30 cut-off XP date publicized by Microsoft. She also told me that, of the more than 100 customers she has, only one is ordering Vista computers…

Anyone have any confirmation on this rumor? If it’s true, it’s really good news…

Alex Eckelberry