Microsoft offers "legal downgrade" to Windows XP is following the slow decommission of Windows XP and has mentioned Microsoft is offering a legal downgrade from Vista Business or Vista Ultimate for customers who want XP on their new machines. This comes on the heels of the announcement that, today, Microsoft stopped selling XP to major retailers and computer distributors.

Microsoft will still allow smaller mom-and-pop PC builder shops to buy XP for resale through the end of January. A version of XP will also remain available for ultra-low-cost PCs such as the Asus Eee PC.

However, the article does not say if users will receive technical support past Microsoft's cut-off date of 2009 for full support and 2012 for limited support.