• XP to be phased out
  • XP to be phased out
    Written by battye
    Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:52 am

    By July 2008, Microsoft intend to take Windows XP off the market for regular consumers, while computer manufacturers have until the end of the year. Of course, that is not to say it will definitely happen. If enough people make their concerns clear to Microsoft, they may rethink the action, as they did with the removal of Windows 98 when Windows ME was released.

    Of everyone I've spoken to, about 75% are still using Windows XP. Whether that accurately reflects the rest of the world, I don't know. There are many good reasons for staying with XP, which I will cover briefly.

    XP is what we are all used to. It still works well, and as the old saying goes, don't fix it if it ain't broke. There is no need to leave what is still considered a good operating system if you still like it.

    Vista costs money! If you are happy with XP, then why dish out a few hundred dollars for the Vista software. Vista also requires, in many cases, for the user to upgrade their hardware to run. If you have an older computer, it might be best holding off on upgrading to Vista until you are purchasing a new computer.

    Most software written for Windows still works on Vista, but popular applications such as DivX and Winamp have reportedly had some issues. I'm sure this will change very soon, if it hasn't already. Firewalls and anti-virus software must be specifically made for Vista - in other words, don't expect your Norton 2003 to work any more.

    In the next few years, there will probably come a time when you will need to upgrade to Vista. Just as Windows 2000 was popular for many years after the release of XP, there had to come a time when its popularity would dwindle. I'm sure the same will happen with XP.

    If of course you don't like XP and don't want to upgrade to Vista, you could always get a Mac!
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