re: Microsoft Preaches XP Conversion
I believe Microsoft is missing an essential marketing point that is being put right in front of them. The XP look, feel, manageability, and enterprise has become their most successful trademark. As XP was basically co-developed with the target market, (ok pretty much the entire windows user market) to do a write-off on this intangible asset is mind numbingly baffling.
Can somethings "under the hood" be upgraded or improved? Of course! The market would even be willing to pay a moderate fee for targeted code feature upgrade packs that can be classed by target function. Think locked-down high security pack, a IPV6 stack upgrade, a 64-bit enterprise release or even stripped down loads for low resource systems (competing nicely with Chrome OS.) There are massive opportunity for a new round of profits just by listening to the customers like in the past. Oh, and they need to fire the entire new batch of marketing staff and UI designers (especially the ones they stole from Apple) because they obviously don't know the successful strategies from the absolute bombs.
Microsoft.. (if you are reading this and a really hope you are) a bit of history, MS won the desktop wars by giving business what they wanted first, then people took the machines home to move projects forward they didn't have time to deal with during business hours. Once the machine was in the home, the family started to abuse i... I mean Use It. The migration is work-to-home, not the other way around. Do I need to remind you of MS Bob or Millennium edition? Tools before toys is what the market wants and truly needs. Touchscreens are wonderful, but do have limited application in the real world. (Although my geek heart really wants one, I don't really need it so not worth the cost.)