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What's Keeping You On XP? 879

Hugh Pickens writes "PC World reports that Windows XP lost more than 11 percent of its share from September to December 2011, to post a December average of 46.5 percent, a new low for the aged OS as users have gotten Microsoft's message that the operating system should be retired. Figures indicate that Windows 7 will become the most widely used version in April, several months earlier than previous estimates. Two months ago, as Microsoft quietly celebrated the 10th anniversary of XP's retail launch, the company touted the motto 'Standing still is falling behind' to promote Windows 7 and demote XP. In July, Microsoft told customers it was 'time to move on' from XP, reminding everyone that the OS would exit all support in April 2014. Before that, the Internet Explorer team had dismissed XP as the 'lowest common denominator' when they explained why it wouldn't run IE9. The deadline for ditching Windows XP is in April 2014, when Microsoft stops patching the operating system. 'Enterprises don't want to run an OS when there's no security fixes,' says Michael Silver, an analyst with Gartner Research rejecting the idea that Microsoft would extend the end-of-life date for Windows XP to please the 10% who have no plans to leave the OS. 'The longer they let them run XP, the more enterprises will slow down their migration.'"
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What's Keeping You On XP?

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  • FTFY (Score:4, Funny)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @04:53PM (#38576668)

    'The longer they let them run XP, the more enterprises will slow down their migration.'"

    'The longer they let them run XP, the more enterprises will eat into our profit margin and not let us impliment our more restrictive and convoluted licensing...'", a Microsoft spokesperson said. "Businesses are sick of products that meet their needs and are amply tested and well-understood," he continued. "They want a product that has a restrictive licensing agreement, is much more resource-intensive, and offers little or no benefit to the business segment beyond being pretty." He went on to add, "Plus, Apple is kicking the crap out of us in the consumer market and we need extra cash to burn, and let's face it... the only successful big products we've launched are Windows and Office. We have to force business users to adopt it, or our shareholders will tar and feather us before setting our homes on fire for not creating a single smash hit in the consumer market since Halo.

  • by grimmjeeper ( 2301232 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @04:53PM (#38576670) Homepage

    The world will end in less than a year so why bother upgrading?

  • by n5vb ( 587569 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @04:55PM (#38576728)

    .. but no need for change-for-the-sake-of-it really ..

    My impression was that change-for-the-sake-of-it was Microsoft's primary business model.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @04:59PM (#38576832)

    Microsoft Visual Studio 6 (C++), which doesn't run on Vista and Win7. We also still have quite a bit VB6 code, God have mercy on our souls.

  • Re:Hazard (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @05:12PM (#38577068)

    I have a form of OCD that requires me to scan every /. thread until I find a post that uses a stupid car analogy to make its point. Thank you for releasing me from this boring thread.

  • by Volante3192 ( 953645 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @05:23PM (#38577284)

    So, over the weekend, I tried to update Curse Client on my Win7 system. It required installing the .NET 3.5 Framework Client.

    It took me two bloody hours to get it to install properly. Tried the redist, tried Windows Update, remove and reinstall, nothing. I ended up having to find, download, and reinstall the update agent itself (because I can't get it off the site; THAT, in its infinite wisdom simply tells you to "use the Control Panel icon" which is such a brilliant help, never once assuming, hey, if they're visiting the webpage maybe there's a problem with their "Windows Update"? Naaaaaaah... ) to get the .NET stuff to install properly.

    On my XP system, it Just Works.

    So, thank you, Win7. Thank you for protecting me from myself.
    If I wanted my dick held for me every single time I pee, I'd get a Mac...

  • Re:Money (Score:4, Funny)

    by cashman73 ( 855518 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @06:52PM (#38578876) Journal
    After what happened with Jerry Sandusky, I'm not sure I'd like to see PSU blowing anything! ;-)
  • Re:Money (Score:2, Funny)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @07:37PM (#38579438)

    However, I won't be putting XP on any new machine I build, so I suppose my next upgrade (with begruding purchase of a new version of Windows)

    Haven't you heard of BitTorrent?

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position. -- Christopher Marlowe