Windows 7 has been a big
hit for Microsoft, although it wasn't too hard to improve upon the bad
reputation that its Windows Vista predecessor received. On top of that,
Microsoft has earned a lot of kudos for the preview builds of it next operating
system, Windows 8.
So why are we still talking about Windows XP? Despite being
released a decade ago, a lot of companies are still running the operating
system. Many businesses were so soured on Windows Vista that they
decided to stick with XP. Even Windows 7 wasn't enough to get many
businesses to upgrade (be it the issue of cost, or the issue compatibility with
It also didn't help that Microsoft decided to break its own
rule of ending support for its operating systems after ten years for Windows XP
-- the company extended support for the operating system until
2014. By that time, Garner expects that 75
percent of corporate PCs will be 64-bit capable.
Now, Microsoft is telling businesses that the party is over
and it's time to start working on a replacement plan. "So for all those
companies that have the old products that haven't quite started the refresh,
guess what? This has been a great product, XP has been a wonderful product;
great TCO has been given," said Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. "It's now
time for it to go."
Windows XP won't be getting another stay of execution.
"We're basically giving it a time of death stamp," Turner added.
Perhaps businesses still running XP should see about downloading
a copy of the Windows 8 Developer Preview and prepare for the future.
quote: Developers are either too lazy or too cheap to upgrade it because on their end, there is no real reason to.
quote: Now, Microsoft is telling businesses that the party is over and it's time to start working on a replacement plan.
quote: "It's now time for Ubuntu ."
quote: Yeah I try it a couple of times a year to see how its coming along. I have a Acer Netbook that I put Ubuntu Netbook edition on. It works ok.
quote: The problem I have with Linux is that there are too many distros. To get into the bigtime for domestic/enterprise desktops it needs to cut out 98% of them and concentrate on far fewer versions.
quote: Also the biggest issue I have is the linux user group. I find them very hostile to be honest. Especially to the poor devil that dares to try linux and get "a bit hands on with it" (namely someone like me). Trying to find coherent linux user instructions for more technical aspects is very difficult. They either just roll their eyes if you ask or the instructions you find assume you know what you are doing anyway and leave out the first 5 crucial steps. Believe me I have tried. Linux fans keep telling folks they should use it but when they do all they get is contempt if they ask questions and using linux raises questions.
quote: With Windows instructions at least they usually start with "Click on the Start button..." Yes it does help to start that basic to begin with.
quote: I stopped getting updates for my XP a long long time ago. Never could figure out why I should, as long as i keep my OS clean, the registry nice and compact and clean, and a top of the line Anti Virus Suite to protect it.
quote: I don't know why you will be happy to see XP finally go away, unless you own stock in Win 7.
quote: Tell me again, what is so great about changing software every couple of years.