6) Stall XP Adoption: Until AOL can develop an appropriate XP
solution, message to AOL members and the public that XP is "not ready" for
While this certainly seems like an underhanded policy of "spreading rumors," if you look at the suggestions they're all pretty much rooted in fact:
(i.e., has bugs,
Well, this will clearly be the case.
will not run AOL,
Since this is the entire reason they want to stall adoption of XP, I assume it'll be quite true.
will not run your existing software,
I'm not sure about this one. Anybody know what backwards-compatibility of XP will be like? I hear they're removing the DOS compatibility layer, which will break a decent chunk of things...
will violate your online privacy, etc...)
That's certainly possible as well, with a lot of the copy-protection schemes I've been hearing in relation to XP.
Anyway, it's important to note that this is just a leaked memo with one executive's strategic ideas, not official AOL policy or necessarily a reflection of what they're actually doing.