Microsoft's previous operating system might stick around just a little bit longer on pre-built PCs. According to ChannelWeb, Microsoft plans to let distributors take delivery of Windows XP licenses as late as May 30, 2009.
The previous deadline for shipments was January 31—a date that's still listed on the official Windows Life-Cycle Policy page. ChannelWeb says the May 30 reprieve stems from a "flexible inventory program" for distributors buying so-called OEM licenses. Those distributors will still have to submit "XP license demand forecasts" before December 31, however.
Of course, these deadlines only apply to distributors and smaller system builders. Microsoft revealed earlier this year that it would keep offering XP for netbooks "at least through June 2010," and it also extended the deadline for Windows XP downgrades until July 31, 2009.