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Windows 8.1 Makes Gains, XP Hangs On
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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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6/2/2014 | 3:35:42 PM
XP
It's been said before, and I'll say it again. Other than the fact that Microsoft doesn't support it anymore, there is/was no reason for most of us to leave XP. Since Window 7, which I now use, is closest in look and feel to XP, that's what most others have chosen, too. Microsoft may have given a party, but very few people choose to attend.

I don't care that it's however old it is. For those of us who aren't professional developers, XP was perfectly adequate. As more and more of what most of us do is on the cloud anyway, the operating system itself is a smaller and smaller issue.

What I really resent that if you're big enough, like the British or Dutch governments, you get to stay with XP. What I really admire is China's move to Linux
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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6/2/2014 | 3:48:58 PM
Re: XP
The only reason is Microsoft's reason: They must continue to iterate in order to make money. In a subscription-based SaaS world, that doesn't make any sense. Going forward, I hope that Microsoft sees the err in its ways and just sell licensing for a period of time.

Then they can make users happy that want to stay on a previous OS. I like Windows 7, what's wrong with that?
mak63
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mak63,
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6/2/2014 | 6:49:26 PM
newest platforms
"Apple has been more successful than Microsoft in moving users to its newest platforms"

Not really by a huge margin though: 56% vs 50.2%.
Taking in consideration that Mavericks and 8.1 are free updates/download, I wonder why we don't see more people upgrading their systems.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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6/2/2014 | 9:18:45 PM
Microsoft shouldn't have to support everything it's ever produced
I think a very good case could be made that Windows XP should have been continued to be supported, given the large user base. But making the case that a software company must continue to support every product that it's ever produced would make the software business untenable. Some future Harvard Business Review case study will examine a company that attempted to do that -- and failed as a business. Software products should have a lifecycle. But when the product still has many millions of users, it's a gargantuan job to convince them that its lifecycle is over.
cafzali
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6/2/2014 | 9:56:15 PM
Re: newest platforms
@mak63 That's a great point, even more so when you consider the fact that Apple's percentage isn't weighed down as much by large corporate clients that stay one release behind. Add to that, Apple gives major updates away whereas Microsoft doesn't, so if you can't get radically more people to adopt a new OS despite giving it away, that shows most aren't really as motivated by OS upgrades as companies would like them to be.
cafzali
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cafzali,
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6/2/2014 | 9:59:32 PM
Re: XP
@Gary_EL Substitute Windows 7 for XP and I'd completely agree with you. There were lots of improvements -- chiefly stability -- that came with Windows 7. But your basic point is spot on in that people are enjoy using various software applications and don't really care about the OS. It's only when developers are motivated/pushed to make apps that won't run on older OSes do most people bother upgrading.

This is doubly true now that computer reliability has gotten much better than it was even a few years ago.
SaneIT
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6/3/2014 | 7:22:24 AM
Re: newest platforms
I think we see the slow upgrade cycle because "things work".  It isn't typically until something stop working or something can't be installed and used that your average computer user even considers the OS.  What kills me though is people with really old PCs blaming the OS that they've been running for the past 10 years for not being able to do what another brand new OS can't do.  
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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6/3/2014 | 10:49:06 AM
Windows 9
I think like with Windows Vista and its much more successful sequal, Windows 7, we aren't going to see a big move from XP until Windows 9 shows up and only then if it's any good. 

If Microsoft can address the concerns of the many, many people that don't have any plans to move on to Windows 8, it may be able to retain its audience. If not, it risks sending them into the arms of some of the much more consumer friendly Linux distros that are around this days. 
dwebb608
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6/3/2014 | 12:21:00 PM
Re: newest platforms
For some of us, it's because the upgrade from Windows Update won't complete properly, and we don't have the time and/or inclination to find a way to impliment the Win8 ->8.1 update.
Todder
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6/3/2014 | 1:03:53 PM
Re: XP
XP was fine and I was corporately forced to move to Win 7 about 7 months ago. Of course I also got a new laptop and enjoy the clean look & feel of 7 & performance wise it is far superior. Sadly though, like XP, after a while you get perofrmance drag after applying so many service releases and the easiest thing to get that performance share back is a re-image to latest rev and re-load 3rd party stuff.


Our home is largely a Linux shop (me, wife, 3 kids). We run Mint and Ubuntu of various vintages without issue, and even on older hardware Linux beats Windows hands down.
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