Re: Windows 8.1
@ANON: Yeah, we'll see. It's definitely a problem right now. The vast majority of old Windows XP machines aren't gonna run Windows 8.1. There's been some chatter about Windows 8.1 Update 1 reducing the OS's footprint and enabling it to run on lesser hardware-- so perhaps there's hope. But from what I can glean, that effort has more to do with encouraging OEMs to produce cheap devices than with extending the life of 10-year-old computers.
But what about those cheap devices? If you're running XP at home, I can understand the hesitancy to shell out $1000 or even $500 for a new PC. But if an OEM released a non-touch Windows device with build quality of a mid-range Chromebook for $250, would any XP holdouts be interested?
I get the feeling a lot of people still using XP resent that Microsoft is effectively forcing them to buy new machines. For many, this objection is no doubt legitimate, but for others, I wonder. Even though the marginal benefit from new processors has dwindled in recent generations, I'm often surprised that some people with decade-old computers are so aggressively opposed to new machines. I can certainly appreciate the financial considerations, especially if the aging computer continues to be "good enough." But I really wonder how some people define "good enough." In my experience, if you're still using XP (or even a lot of Win 7 machines out there, for that matter), you're gonna spend a fair amount of timing waiting for pages to load, dealing with application crashes or system freezes, and generally managing other productivity-killing time wasters. And to be clear, I'm only talking about moderate multi-tasking, not power use cases. Windows 8.1 offers plenty of ammunition for criticism, but at least it and the newer machines on which it runs are fast and stable. But maybe I've been unlucky with aging computers.