Re: Windows XP
I think that when you talk about defending XP, it is really looking at the problem the wrong way round. In fact you are defending the need to upgrade.
There has to be a benefit to users for an upgrade to be justified. For many users there are threats e.g withdrawal
of security support, but precious few benefits.
In many businesses, PCs are single function - running company specific software, mostly blocked from Internet access.
Windows 7 offers little benefit to those users, so why upgrade.
Many factory machines are networked for data transfer. We see many DOS machines as well as Windows NT, still functioning perfectly well, but now a real pain to connect to the last OS. These machines cannot be upgraded. An XP PC in the server room has to remain as a bridge.
The industry should not forget what happened to IBM, when it tried to force PS2 architecture on a market that just wanted faster PCs and bought Compaq instead, because it offered PCs that were simply faster.
For those users who are really worried about security or have to buy a new PC or laptop, I can thoroughly recommend Classic Shell - a free download that converts Windows 8 to look like XP, Vista or Windows 7, without losing Windows 8 features, as and when you feel the need.