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jimb0s
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4/10/2012 | 9:13:09 PM
re: Microsoft Starts Windows XP Deathwatch
Let us all pitch in and buy the source code and all. Grass roots support! Base this on a model similar to Linux!
UberGoober
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4/10/2012 | 7:39:32 PM
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Most companies big enough to have a multi-person IT department won't deploy any significant number of PCs with a new OS for at least a year after release, and sometimes longer when the new release has significant levels of software incompatiibilty (can you say Vista?). Microsoft's rapid release cycle means that about the time you have an OS you're ready to commit to, they discontinue it. I have nothing against Win7 (other than the gratuitous UI changes that make support harder), but we're just getting rid of our last incompatible app due to vendor sluggishness, and that means that I'll be running out a lot of Win7 just as Win8 comes out.

I have a dream, that someday I can order workstations and not have to downgrade the OS before I put them into production. But it looks like just a dream right now.
Duellott
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4/10/2012 | 6:55:49 PM
re: Microsoft Starts Windows XP Deathwatch
people people...windows 7 has gotten a bad reputation, because of vista. really now, win 7 meets and exceeds most IT professionals expectations.
quantaearth
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4/10/2012 | 4:46:02 PM
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Come on man, XP is still by far the best that MS ever did, period. Sure 7 and 8 look better but everyone out there know xp so well....go ahead MS....make that money-
Mark532010
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4/10/2012 | 3:53:04 PM
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I understand Microsoft has to move on and supporting old software - especially in light of increasingly sophisticated attack methods - is expensive, but it's too bad that Microsoft doesn't understand the lasting corporate appeal of XP, that it is easy-to-support.

Compare changing SID's in XP to 7, compare changing the default user configuration in XP to 7, compare removing a corrupt user-profile in XP to 7, compare GPO implementation on a W2K3 domain between XP and 7.

7 (and 8) have a much better user-experience but have made the support persons job a lot tougher which translates to a reluctance to upgrade.
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