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XP Still Alive, Kicking at 10

Windows XP's end of support lifecycle (it's 10 years old) is just around the proverbial corner, so what explains its enduring popularity with IT folks? Net Applications reports that XP market share has increased (slightly) in January from the previous month, with Windows 7 slipping (slightly).

Posted by Michael Domingo on 02/02/2012 at 11:59 AM

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Sun, Apr 22, 2012 David Orlando

Complaining about innovation and blaming your inability implement new tech on instability of the new OS? Wow, read a book… Migrated from Win NT to Win 2000, from Win 2000 to Win 2003, Win 2003 to Win 2008/2008 R2. Were they easy migrations? NO! But we did it in order to keep IT from being the bottleneck for the business that employed us. Surprised people still play the “I’m switching to LINUX” card… I remember when Fedora was first launched, now there on ver 16, good luck with that LINUX desktop bro. I’m currently testing the beta of Windows Server 8. Pay a visit to guys, they pretty much walk you through everything you need for a successful implementation of any MS technology.

Sun, Feb 5, 2012 Patrick Weisser Seattle

If I were the copyright holder of a product in such high demand by corporations and consumers alike, I would certainly find a way to make it secure, supportable, and profitable without changing the essence of what it is that makes it so beloved by so many. There's certainly room for more than just one type of user experience in the vast install base of Windows. And after all, happy customers are loyal customers. Microsoft risks marginalizing the Windows brand by forcing upon the world a single vision of how people should interact with Windows-based computing devices.

Fri, Feb 3, 2012 Paul FL

Because everything just plain works with XP. Our Server 2003 print servers automatically feed drivers to XP workstations. Users know where to find everything. And due to maturity, the OS is pretty stable. Our new workations and laptops are coming with Windows 7 Pro installed, and it's been a real hassle for us-- basically stating over from scratch downloading and manually installing drivers for our network printers, training users, plus all the quirks of getting a new OS to play nice with the policies of a 2003 Active Directory domain. Windows 7 may be eye candy for home users, but in the workplace it's a real headache.

Fri, Feb 3, 2012 John Chicago

For me it will always be XP or Ubuntu. There no need for all the crap that Win7 and eventually Win8 contain. MS is making it easy for Apple to take over and that turns me away from MS.

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