Our CDW account rep told me something interesting today. All of the senior sales managers had to attend a presentation by MS. They were told that after 2007, they would not be allowed to sell any new computers with XP Home/ XP Pro. All new machines had to be Vista and special orders would not be allowed. Furthermore, they could not sell computers from the following vendors (list provided) without an OS. Finally, he told them that XP retail would only be for 'existing stock', beyond January 2008. When asked why the product could not be purchased, when it had not exceeded its support life, he basically said, "It is important that we, who provide the technical expertise to the buyer, are able to demonstrate the benefits of Vista". She told me that many of her customers (all corporate) were specifically not ordering Vista. Some learning this news, were buying XP and shelving it. She also told me, her Mac sales have been steadily increasing. It looks to me like Redmond has not learned a thing. They have failed to make a competitive OS, so they rely on the only thing they do well, extortion.