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Microsoft's XP Eulogy: Not Everyone's Listening
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moonwatcher
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7/21/2013 | 12:12:53 AM
re: Microsoft's XP Eulogy: Not Everyone's Listening
Businesses will move when they HAVE to. I'm still running XP on my main home machine. Why? Because I've spent hours and hours configuring programs to work as i want them. I'm not looking forward to repeating the process just to make MS some money. I did have to buy a new PC recently to run a CAD program for work and unfortunately at the time, Dell would not allow me to get Windows 7, so i got stuck on (and hate) Windows 8. I only use that PC to run my CAD program. For all other things I use the old, reliable XP box. Microsoft should give away FREE upgrades to Windows 7 (not Windows 8) for all consumers still running XP. Besides, most older motherboards and the BIOS they have will not support Windows 8 so trying to upgrade to it would be a frustrating crap shoot.
GopalB
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7/20/2013 | 11:40:48 PM
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Enough of Windows,they have milked us enough ! It is time that world switch to open source and break this hegemony of Windows , who come up with such incompatible versions now and then to extort money from customers in the guise of "upgrades" .The tech community in Open Source should come together and help smash the Windows once for all.
tlarason731
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7/20/2013 | 10:45:45 PM
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I have found most of my Access 2000 programs run on a Windows 7 32 bit OS, but will not run on a 64 bit PC which is what our tech advisers want.
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7/20/2013 | 9:13:23 PM
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I run a business (a record label and a studio) and my office still uses Windows XP..I don't have the time or the desire to deal with Microsoft's BS.I upgraded one machine to Windows 7 as a test and I and my people hate it.I can't believe that EVERY document we created on XP's stock word processor CAN'T be read by Windows 7 stock word processor.I only use Macs for recording and videos,and when MS stops supporting XP I'll switch EVERYTHING to Apple.If something works and your clients like it,WHY get rid of it? I don't book jazz artists into a Country Western bar,I give the clients what they want.Microsoft needs to start doing the same thing.
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7/19/2013 | 7:31:05 PM
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If Microsoft abandons XP, does that mean the OS is now in the public domain? If so, could a significantly large third party open source type organization be able to support it legally?

I am wondering if this push to buy an unnecessary MS OS and MS software could lead to a bigger Linux OS and Linux software market share from present day XP users switching to Linux.
AustinIT
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AustinIT,
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7/19/2013 | 5:41:16 PM
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Clearly, Microsoft is not courting the Enterprise with Win8 - they are busy with the Win7 upgrade. Rather. It is an answer to the consumer adoption of mobile, BYOD, iOS, and Android. MS had to address this threat. And, sooner rather than later.
To address your cost concerns... everyone (except for Linux it seems) in the IT ecosystem is doing it for the money - first and foremost. How would it survive otherwise?
MyW0r1d
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7/19/2013 | 3:33:54 PM
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When the objective of annual OS/Software updates and related certification/training programs seem more oriented to revenue generation than responding to technological/hardware advancements, then business will be less likely to follow blindly along. They have to produce a clear benefit for business and the poor reception of Win8 and frequency of major update cycles for productivity packages (like Office every 18 months) leaves business justifiably skeptical.
moarsauce123
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7/19/2013 | 11:55:40 AM
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There is a small set of settings that you can transfer over, but there really is no in place upgrade option. Microsoft intentionally decided against that to punish loyal customers who did not switch to Vista and then Win7. Even if settings can be saved, Win8 has absolutely dismal support for most hardware 2 years or older and most manufacturers do not provide drivers for that hardware either. You will run into massive problems unless you also do a complete hardware refresh. Honestly, Win8 doesn't offer enough in benefits to make that a positive ROI.
moarsauce123
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7/19/2013 | 11:52:45 AM
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The biggest problem is that Win7 and especially Win8 do not provide any additional value that would justify the high price point of an upgrade. That is not so much hardware cost, but the incredibly high software license cost. Newer and faster hardware will bring benefits, Win7/8 will not. If Microsoft wants people to ditch XP give them a free Win7 license and a very easy way of upgrading in place. That also means that Win7 would need to have hardware support for the same set of devices that XP has and be able to make use of XP hardware drivers. It won't happen, especially with Microsoft being constantly asleep at the wheel.
Microsoft needs to shift instantly to delivering value and brake down the barrier of entry to newer Windows versions. Hardware support plays a big role, but even more application compatibility. Microsoft groomed an IE6-only app development and that is one of the many reasons why businesses stay with XP. Switching would mean rewriting highly customized software systems. In the end companies would have to spend a lot of their money just to make Microsoft happy. Staying on XP might be risky for some time right after support ends, but after that it is likely to work fine and be unharmed for years to come.
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7/19/2013 | 4:50:36 AM
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Let me reply with a stick in the mud reply. "SO" Face it MS never really truly supported their OS's to begin with. At my old job we had 100 problems with 95 and they never got fixed, so why should we be worried? Other OS vendors do support their OS's (quite well I might add).
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