Diehard XP users in larger businesses won't have any trouble upgrading to Windows 7, as the deadlines don't apply to them: Companies with volume license and Software Assurance agreements are allowed to replace XP with another edition of Windows, assuming the hardware supports the newer.
But consumers and small businesses -- the latter typically purchase PCs and upgrade existing machines much like consumers -- will be in a pinch if Microsoft shuts the Windows 7 ... well, window.
Microsoft did not reply to questions today, including whether it will extend the Windows 7 retail sales deadline.
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