Microsoft has released the facts about the future of XP.
First up: Support
" With the June 30, 2008, "end of sales" date for Windows XP approaching, many people have asked me if they will still be able to get support for Windows XP. The answer is an emphatic "yes, you will continue to be supported." We recently released Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and we will continue to provide security updates and other critical updates for Windows XP until April, 2014."
Second: Future availability of XP
If you want to have XP on new PC, and your OEM is too lazy to make "XP downgrade CD" for you;
" you should get a new PC with Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate, and then take advantage of downgrade rights to use Windows XP Professional for as long as is necessary."
" For customers interested in buying a low-end personal computer (often referred to as a "NetBook" or "NetTop"), we are making Windows XP Home and Windows XP Starter available for use on these budget systems."
" Additionally, System Builders (sometimes referred to as "local OEMs"), may continue to purchase Windows XP through Authorized Distributors through January 31, 2009. All OEMs, including major OEMs, have this option."
As you can see, there are ways to enjoy XP on UMPCs... ( we really need those as there are no ways to enjoy Vista on UMPC )
My 2 cents to all OEMs making UMPCs: Start shipping downgrade restore CDs!
An Update on the Windows Roadmap
Windows XP: The future
Tuesday, June 24, 2008