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Microsoft Extends Windows Xp Support To 2014


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#1 quietman7

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 09:21 AM

Microsoft on Wednesday extended support for its Windows XP Home and Windows XP Media Center operating systems through 2014...Previously, all support for Windows XP Home was slated to end two years after the release of Vista, in other words, at the end of January 2009...

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 01:39 AM

That is excellent news. I was not looking forward to having to acquire a completely new system just because of a forced change to VISTA.

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 03:56 AM

That's interesting. By coincidence, isn't that the projected release date for Vienna? Don't tell me the profits of doom are correct. Is MS having second thoughts about Vista and rlegating it in there organisation to the same status as Millenium? If they are, I would be inclined to agree to a worthwhile decision.

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 08:19 AM

Actually, I think it's the Enterprise folks that are driving this "wagon". Can you imagine the cost to upgrade 20,000 or more PC's to Vista? And, for the Enterprise folks - what benefit does an upgrade to Vista give them? They'll still be running their apps that were designed for XP (for the most part). Upgrading to Vista is expensive - then add the cost of upgrading their apps to it!

FYI - my wife's office used Win95 up until about 3 years ago. They had no need to upgrade, and the proprietary software that they used didn't need Windows to run. Also, they had dialup, and it had been setup on the Win95 system for a long, long time - so they were comfortable.

Around the time I came into my wife's life, the software writer for my wife's proprietary software decided to upgrade their software to a Windows only version that required a cable/DSL connection also. The wife's office was forced to upgrade to XP because of this. How soon will the software writer change to a Vista only version? Not soon (I believe). They support many small businesses like my wife's - and the writer didn't even know what Vista was when I talked to her last month!

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 05:57 PM

I agree with you, Usasma. In addition, and at least for some time, there will be applications that are not compatible with Vista (for example the ISP Netscape for dial-up users). Most enterprise use of Windows is tied to proprietary or purchased software; testing the interface may not be a quick and simple task.
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Posted 28 January 2007 - 01:15 AM

I can imagine the nightmare. And even when the software has been designed to work with the new operating system, the cost for businesses and institutions to upgrade not only the operating system but all the software and then training all the employees in using it is astronomical. I also wonder how many would have to also upgrade their hardware in order to accomodate the new operating system.

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 01:55 AM

the software writer for my wife's proprietary software decided to upgrade their software to a Windows only version that required a cable/DSL connection also.


I've worked at companies that are using ancient software. One insurance company is using DOS software and Win98SE computers with an NT server. What a nightmare. They can't import the data for many years of business into newer software and their ancient 200 mhz machines are dying.

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 04:45 AM

Yes, I have the same local experience. There is a local, and large) farm and garden machinery repair facility here. They are still using DOS with a dos based dBase (Dbase4) for their spare parts. They have managed to get on the Internet, but there are huge problems with cross reference. I even offered them my time (their money, for the soft and hardware) to install a newer system but they were to thrifty to be interested.




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