<<...btw is windows xp obsolete in your opinion?>>
I would not call it "obsolete", in the sense that it still functions quite well on many systems...just as Win 9x and Win 2K still function well on some systems.
I would say that it is "obsolete" from the perspective that you will never see it again installed on a new system, unless it is by special request or efforts of the purchaser of said system.
Did you know that Windows 8 is tentatively scheduled for release next year?
I don't advocate installing Microsoft products just because MS releases new products to control/improve its revenue stream...but I do favor users going with a newer O/S if that O/S is better suited for their interests, tendencies, maintenance perspective, etc.
I purchased Win 7, after trying the beta releases...because I deemed it a better O/S than XP. Better driver support (mindful of the fact that XP has been around for 10 years now), better suited (IMO) to users with little or no interest in repairing their own systems, and more capable of taking advantage of the current state of component technology. I also felt that...if I was to continue with my participation in the various forums...I would like to (at some time) have sufficient familiarity with Win 7 that I could attempt to assist users of Win 7, just as I attempt such here in the XP forum.
Also...from a retrospective view of the Windows O/Ses in my lifetime...with the exception of Me, I think that each was a step forward, paving the way to the next version. I've never considered any version...Win 95, 98, etc...as a "final product" that I would wed myself to. I consider change the natural progression of computer hardware, software, and O/Ses...and I consider some of these changes good, both for myself and the general populace.
From that type of perspective...I can only say that the probable reason that I still have XP installed on my two systems...is my participation in the BC forums where many users still have XP situations. I also have Win 7 installed on each system, but I find that I don't familiarize with very much yet...but I will
I try to learn from and appreciate the past...but not tie myself to trying to pretend that it will be the future. And the future will contain many things of benefit to me...if only giving me something by which to compare...my past experiences
The learning/familiarity curve involved in learning Windows...hasn't bothered me since I did my first install of Win 98, while moving from Win 95. I think of myself as a learning machine, I've always enjoyed it.
So...I don't consider XP "obsolete" in the normal sense one would use...but XP is part of the past in the Microsoft evolution of O/Ses...and I want to experience this evolution for what it is, not as an inconvenient change that will certainly occur again and agsin, in the future.
Just a note...I am not an "expert", a "tech" and have no educational experiences in computers, other than my own experiences and what I am able to absorb/undestand by virtue of the various forums I have frequented and Microsoft documentation re their products. I have the advantage of owning a computer since 1996 and being willing to learn along the way to tomorrow
Edited by hamluis, 25 January 2011 - 11:30 AM.