|| ||Pitch: Microsoft Closes Window on 50 Million 98 & ME Users; Xandros Opens Door with Easy-to-Use Windows Alternative|
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Xandros Desktop - Home Edition Offers Easy-to-Use Linux Alternative for
"Disenfranchised" Windows 98 & ME Users
NEW YORK, NY - Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux
alternatives to Windows, today announced an immediate solution for the 50
million 'disenfranchised' Windows 98, 98SE and ME customers left without
support and security patches. In response to the recent announcement by
Microsoft to suspend support to these customers, Xandros is providing
affected users a special opportunity to upgrade their now unsupported and
vulnerable Windows systems to Xandros' recently released Desktop Home Edition
or Home Edition Premium, a secure and stable Windows alternative with full
support and online update facilities. Xandros is offering these users a 50%
mail-in rebate when upgrading to either Xandros Desktop Home Edition or Home
Edition Premium which can be installed alongside the unsupported Microsoft
Windows, even on older hardware, eliminating the need for costly new hardware
required by a Windows XP or Vista upgrade. After upgrading to Xandros, users
will continue to have full read and write access to all documents, music,
and other files that reside within their original Windows installation and
users can choose to install and continue to use Microsoft Office and other
popular Windows programs.
"Now that Microsoft has discontinued all support for Windows 98, 98SE and ME,
legacy Windows users have three options," said Andreas Typaldos, CEO of
Xandros. "First, they can cross their fingers and continue to use the
abandoned, insecure and unsupported Windows product. Second, they can
purchase a costly XP upgrade along with new hardware that will be out of date
as soon as Vista is released. Or third, they can continue using their
existing computer by installing the latest Xandros Desktop Home Edition. Not
only does this option extend the useful life of their computer without a need
to learn anything new, but it also provides users with a stable and reliable
platform that is free from the constant frustration of spyware and viruses,
and costs less than Windows-based Anti-Virus software alone."
"Because of Xandros' unique approach in developing Linux-based products that
do not require Windows users to change the way they use a PC today, we can
offer more than just a lifeboat to these recently abandoned Windows users,"
said Todd Kanfer, Xandros' Vice President of Marketing. "Xandros Desktop Home
Edition will rescue them today from the sinking ship of Windows 98, and
provide a fortified, stable and secure computing platform for their future,
freeing them from stress, frustration, and high costs of maintaining their
digital lives on Windows."
"Like other widely used consumer products that harness the benefits of Linux
and Unix behind the scenes, such as Mac OS X, gaming platforms and multimedia
devices, Xandros Desktop delivers a packaged solution that meets the needs of
the consumers digital lifestyle," Kanfer continued. "For the millions of
users who are being forced by Microsoft to upgrade, Xandros provides a quick,
robust, easy and inexpensive alternative to Windows. Xandros Home Edition
delivers the features and the look and feel to which these users are
accustomed and can be installed on an existing Windows 98 or ME PC,
preserving access to all their Windows files. Within minutes, they will be up
and running, using the Internet and e-mail, creating documents, enjoying
their music and media without interruption to their digital lifestyle. Even
though the Linux technology is not visible to them, users immediately benefit
from its superior performance, stability, security and lower cost of
The Platform For Your Digital Life
The new Xandros Desktop Home Edition combines the security and stability of
Linux with the familiarity of Windows and Mac OSX.
Some of the included features are:
Web: Wireless network profiles quickly connect to favorite wireless networks
and hot-spots anywhere. Easily switch between wired and wireless networks,
and connect to school and corporate VPNs (Virtual Private Networks).
Music: Music Manager with iPod support to sync iPod and MP3 players. Import
and organize music, podcasts and audiobooks. Listen to playlists and
collections. Create MP3s and audio CDs.
Photos: Xandros Photo Manager to import photos from your digital camera.
View, edit and organize your albums. Post images online or print them at
Video: RealPlayer support of popular media types, plus the Xine open source
video player to support most video formats and DVDs.
Telephone: Skype Internet calling, including bonus 30-minute SkypeOut
voucher to call regular phones.
Browser: Firefox tabbed web browsing with automatic blocking of pop-up ads.
E-mail: Thunderbird e-mail with intelligent spam filtering.
Ease of use: Xandros File Manager for access to local and remote resources,
drag-and-drop DVD burning, and more.
Updates: Xandros Networks for automatic updates plus single-click access to
free and commercial software.
Transfer Your Windows Personality - with Versora Progression Desktop, a
Windows user can easily transfer their files, settings and digital
personality to their new Xandros environment in a few simple clicks.
Users can install Xandros Desktop Home Edition on existing hardware and enjoy
transparent Windows compatibility, including the ability to work on the same
files from Linux and Windows. Premium users have the choice of using popular
Windows software products, such as Microsoft Office, or popular open source
software products, such as OpenOffice.org.
Special Windows 98/98SE/ME Upgrade Offer
Xandros is offering a special upgrade promotion for Windows 98 & ME users.
From now through August 31, 2006, qualified users who upgrade to Xandros
Desktop - Home Edition or Home Edition - Premium will receive a 50% rebate.
Users can take advantage of this offer by purchasing these products at any
retailer that offers Xandros, including CompUSA, Circuit City, TigerDirect,
Fry's, and Buy.com and then visit www.xandros.com to redeem their rebate
For further details, please visit www.xandros.com.
Founded in 2001 with headquarters in New York, offices in Frankfurt and
Mumbai, and research and development facilities in Ottawa, Xandros, Inc. is
the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows. Its
Debian-based products range from standalone consumer desktops to end-to-end
enterprise desktop, server, and management solutions featuring workflow
automation and centralized, remote administration. Xandros pioneered low
cost, graphical operating systems that leverage existing skill sets and
provide seamless compatibility with Microsoft Windows programs and networks.
For more information, please visit www.xandros.com.
Xandros® is a registered trademark of Xandros, Inc. All other trademarks
and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Xandros Customer service or sales please call : 212-213-8083
Media contact: Xenia von Wedel
Terpin Communications Group
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