This is after a lift in first-half profits.
More than 50,000 New Zealanders have downloaded and registered for the beta version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 to be officially launched later this month.
Microsoft’s Ben Green said a record number of businesses and individual consumers had downloaded the software onto their PCs, of which there are about two million throughout the offices and homes of New Zealand.
Mr Green said the amount of people who had tested the new software and provided feedback on it and further suggestions for development was “very positive.”
Leaked HP documents indicate Microsoft has given XP yet another stay-of execution, this time until April 30, 2010 - meaning it will be on the market with not just Vista, but Windows 7.
Microsoft was originally scheduled to finally take Windows XP off the market, after a number of reprieves, in June last year.
The OS is, after all, now eight years old in a market where Microsoft has traditionally upgraded Windows every two years.