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Curt Franklin
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1/13/2015 | 4:49:28 PM
Out With the Old?
After Windows XP seemed to hang on for ever (and, it must be said, is still visible in many corporate environments), it seems that Microsoft is eager to rush Windows 7 off the stage much more quickly. I suppose it makes sense: The experience the company had with XP indicates that they'll pretty much have to pry enterprise fingers off the Windows 7 keyboards if they ever want to move the entire user community to the Aero interface.

I think it will be interesting to see whether, in the long run, Windows 8 and 8.1 have the sort of longevity that XP and Win 7 have enjoyed, or suffer the fate of Vista and are seldom spoken of after Windows 10 comes to market. I highly suspect that the answer will be closer to the latter than the former.
sferguson10001
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1/13/2015 | 4:58:06 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
Curt: I agree with you in every sense. After XP, Windows 7 turned out to be a pretty good OS to work with, especially in my daily routine. I have two machines that run in and it works pretty well. I'm interested to see if Windows 10 offers that same sort of longevity. 
Curt Franklin
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1/13/2015 | 5:22:10 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
I've often said that Windows 7 was what happened when you let Vista bake until fully done. The kernal is superb and stable, the interface usable for anyone who's ever laid hands on any version of Windows, and the security as good as anything on a desktop. All of these turn out to be reasons Microsoft needs for it to go away so they can transition the entire user base to "the next big thing."

As I said, though, I still see Windows XP desktops everywhere. The most recent sighting was on Major Airline gate workstations at LaGuardia. I'm not sure that the entire world will have transitioned to Aero by the time I retire!
David Wagner
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1/13/2015 | 5:24:03 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
@Curt- I would assume this is a mobile play. The sooner Microsoft gets everyone used to working with the new interface, the more likely they'll look at Windows phones. Personally, I've always loved the Windows 8 interface and would buy a Windows phone if there was a better app environment and more powerful phones. I think the quicker they get more people used to it, the more people will feel my way and the rest of the problems will be easier to solve with a bigger user base. 
David Wagner
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1/13/2015 | 6:09:16 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
@Curt- In addition to Windows XP, I think airlines must also be one of the last users of dot matrix printers and paper with those strips down the side with holes ever quarter inch that you have to tear off. Seriously, why in the world, can't airlines invest in printers from the 21st century? I'm not even askign them to go paper free.
jastroff
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1/13/2015 | 6:53:42 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
@Curt -- yes, Windows 7 is Vista fully baked. I still use it, and like it, and will stick with it a while longer. I have enugh other devices running other OSs in this house. Transitioning large IT clients is another story, however.
pcharles09
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1/13/2015 | 8:19:25 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
@David W,

Because they still "work". A shame but the truth in man industries, not just airlines.
pcharles09
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1/13/2015 | 8:21:28 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
@David W,

Maybe I'm just an old-school IT guy but I can't stand the metro UI. I disable it every chance I get. For me & the people I set it up for. They usually thank me so I guess the metro interface isn't doing it for everybody.
Susan_Nunziata
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1/13/2015 | 10:06:54 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
@pcharles09: Dave's defnitely in the minority on this one, I think most folks prefer Windows 7. LIke Curt, I'm consistently amazed at how many places are still using XP--it's easy to underestimate how long it takes for new operating systems to become ubiquitious in any enterprise. why do you think it takes so long for enterprises to upgrade?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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1/13/2015 | 10:48:08 PM
Re: Out With the Old?
@pcharles09- Well, that's fine. I'm certainly not going to force people to like what I like. But my general contention is that when you get used to it, it is better. And most people never gave it a chance. I like the live updates of the news and social. I really like the bigger tiles rather than tiny icons. I finding it very intuitive and very good for multitasking and keeping an eye on stuff at work. But to each their own.
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