re: Microsoft's XP Eulogy: Not Everyone's Listening
Yes, applications complicate the task of moving off XP, but not all of those applications are "legacy." Hypothetical: If I am an application developer at a large, say, healthcare institution and 80% of the PC's there are running XP, when we institute electronic medical records (EMR) software, what OS am I developing and testing for? XP of course. The project managers and hospital administration are likely pressuring me to complete the EMR rollout, so I cannot stop now and then begin developing and testing for Windows 7 or 8, as much as the desktop support folks would like me to. So, now we have a larger problem. I can't test for Win7 because I'm on a deadline, but I can't stay on XP because *it's* on a deadline. My speed is holding up deployment of new equipment and OS.
Many desktop support groups I talk to are losing sleep because they are stuck in this situation. They know exactly how vulnerable XP will be once the patching stops, and they'd love to get a new OS rolled out, but they can't.