Microsoft declined to comment on whether its support lines had experienced a call volume spike starting last Friday, when the Neowin notice first appeared.
Software giant denies operating 'save-XP' hotline
Some users commenting on Neowin.net were sceptical from the start that Microsoft was counting calls. "This is all pretty much [a] waste of time," said someone named 'Somnus'. "It is not likely that Microsoft will extend the sales of Windows XP past the current deadline, no matter how many people call in."
"What the hell?" asked a user labelled as 'MMaster23'. "Surely, you have got to be kidding me...those support numbers are there for a reason."
The talk of a phone-in petition may have gained credence from Windows users because of comments made by Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer. In April, Ballmer said that Microsoft might reconsider its decision to pull the OEM and retail plug on XP if it received enough user feedback. Later that same day, however, a company spokeswoman said that Microsoft's position on XP's final days had not changed.
Some save-XP petitions are, in fact, circulating on the web, including one organised by PC Advisor's sister title Infoworld. According to Infoworld, more than 200,000 people have "signed" its petition.