back to article Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

Uptake of Windows 8 for desktop computers – which was never particularly fast – has slowed, according to stats for July from web traffic pollsters Net Applications. Microsoft's latest operating system held a 5.4 per cent of the global desktop OS market last month, up 0.3 points on June which was up 0.83 points on May. A glance …

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Re: I read this yesterday: RAM

If you don't have too high a resolution of Graphics and turn off everything not needed, then XP SP1 will run in less than 90M fine. But SP3 needs a fair bit more than 128M. NT 4.0 is faster on a 1/4 speed CPU and 20M RAM !

Standard Distros of Linux won't work on a 1999 spec PC either though, but it's easier to create a pared down version.

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Paris Hilton

Can't say I blame them.

Do You?

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Anonymous Coward

XP will reduce a further 5-10% in the next 6 months

As most companies start their last minute migrations ... i.e I know of over 35k XP upgrades that will take place in the next 6 months (from only 2x companies)

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Amazing

Windows 8 has already overtaken the OSX market share ...

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Who would have thought?

That Vista is more popular than OSX .. http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=11&qpcustomb=0

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Win7 and Win8 directional shifts from XP

Windows 7 has an advantage of being an incremental shift from Windows XP in how MS handles the desktop. Windows 8 is, by contrast, an excremental shift from XP.

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Is it that surprising?

How often do people change operating systems these days?

In the past decades, it was a joy to upgrade because each new release brought an improvement over what was there before. But, now, perhaps the OSes have achieved a maturity.

There's no longer a need to upgrade, because actually, it's now pretty good.

Micro$oft needs to make their money from their other software(/hardware?), and perhaps slow down the releases of operating systems.

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Schools

Lots of schools are booting up their entire network to replace XP with 7 at the moment. Those machines that departments demanded and are super important, but never get turned on, suddenly reappearing.

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Anonymous Coward

Some Facts About Business And Some Suggestions for MS

Perhaps a little perspective from a buisiness person.

The cost of changing has caused us to put off changing from XP and it is the same for many corporate users.

I don't mean the cost of the MS licences, a couple of hundred bucks for OS and Office for each of our PC's is nothing.

No the cost is that we would need to upgrade our database to the new version, the version we have runs on SCO UNIX and only works with Win XP clients.

New DB License £36,000 (minimum)

New monthly Service Fee £1000 (vs £600 atm)

Lead in time from signing contract to installed in our office 6 months

Run off accounts on old system and transfer records to new system 12 months side by side operation

Tie up loose ends 6 months

Re-train all staff on new windows and office versions and new database.

The total cost to us, both in cash and lost productivity during the 2 YEAR change over period is well over £100,000

We have 10 users.

Now just imagine what the impact on a bank or insurance company or government department with 1000's of users would be.

The technical issues of upgrade vs don't upgrade are a relatively minor consideration in many businesses.

Again speaking as a business person and not as an IT type, the shareholders of MS should retire Steve Balmer and hire someone to turn MS around.

If it was me I would:

Fire the design team of Win 8 (particularly anyone involved in the GUI) - someone has to burn for that crime.

Announce that win XP would be supported indefinitely (on a paid subscription of say $10pa per PC),

EOL or just straight out kill Win 8.

Sell new Win 7 and Win XP licences to any one who wants either.

Announce and start work on a true successor to XP and 7, designed to be efficient (low cpu and memory), secure (UNIX / LINUX / MAC OS manage it so we know it can be done), robust (no more shitty DLLs and drivers taking down the whole system), self healing (if something crashes, repair/restart/reinstall automatically), modular (if you don't use a feature it doesn't occupy memory or CPU and swap out parts for alternatives, eg GUI's) and most important OS feature ever JUST WORK QUIETLY IN THE BACKGROUND SO I CAN DO MY WORK!

With regular patching XP and Win7 are both good for the time it would take to do a proper job on a replacement.

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Kill switch? Not quite

Title of the article mentions kill switch. No, no more updates will not prevent users from using XP. I bet the majority of them could care less and will keep on using it. It's a lean mean operating system these days

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