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Is XP just to good to die? Well Shane O'Niel from CIO.com seems to think so. Maybe he's right? ...
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Hi, I'm Bruce Naylor and welcome to the Frugal Technology Show. Every week, we’re talking about small business technology, what makes your money, what saves your money, what’s good? Maybe it was not so good. We’ll start off on the show of tonight talking about the operating system that just won’t die the energizer by wrap of the operating system Windows XP.
So I actually named this segment Windows XP die.die.die. Well, at least that’s what Microsoft would hope would happen with the XP. Look, Microsoft is already pushed back. The ending day of its supporting sales or I should say sales of XP on new machines twice now and now I believe it’s July of next year when you no longer under in any circumstance you’d be able to get XP. And what’s happening in now is recently download out so we’re going to start charging a hundred and fifty bucks in order to downgrade or get a machine with the downgrade rights and XP pre installed.
It was no secret that about every machine going out the door today has got this on it but it’s because of that fact that you know that people are just going out nor buying this just to upgrade rather they’re getting it as part of a new computer purchase and so Microsoft just got a real, real thing here so they kind of set this deadline because they really hope to get this big adoption at this time.
It is true that the two years this has been out on the market, it has improved. I use this ultimate everyday on my work desktop and it does okay. It’s still in my opinion a little slow and kind of quirky. I will certainly never recommend to anybody under any circumstances if you’ve got a good working XP pro machine to replace it with this but nonetheless you can still today if you got a new computer, you can still with certain menu functions get the downgrade rights and get XP Professional.
XP has been around a long time. It’s a very fast operating system all over hardware excellent support. Everybody’s got driver for. It’s been around since 2001 so a lot of people know this operating system in and out. They know how to fix things and that’s kind of what makes this a little bit more difficult for a lot of technicians is you know this had just has so many different little issues will hardware compatibility especially the older stuff.
Well, an article that is came across from a Shane O’Neil CIO.com talks about how the Windows is the operating system that won’t die. I'm sorry Windows XP is the operating system that won’t die so facing out the old operating systems is never new from Microsoft but many XP is really unique to them because it simply refuses. It’s just too good to let it die. So July the 31st of next year, Microsoft saying no more, we’re done and you could not to be able to get the XP and so there you go. Let’s just give good old Vista chance after that point and Dell is now charging a downgrade fee of a hundred fifty bucks.
This article goes on to say that although market share for XP dropped 10% in 2008 and this is all it make and gains XP’s still has a market share of 66%. That’s huge. That’s just very telling or a couple different things.
The first stuff I tend to believe that most people generally step with the operating system that came with their computer unless you’re a tech-enthusiast or there’s a real value to do so a lot of people are just taking with the operating system on there. There’s a familiarity there with XP as well as the fantastic support is out there for XP.
And the Microsoft is really doing and Dell by charging this downgrade fee rather than making this step more attractive as our own level. We’re going to go ahead and put financial penalties for choosing XP as a way. And I think we’re going about that all the wrong way. They really need to incentivize if that’s such a word but to put incentives to bring this to more favorite to the public as oppose to putting this financial burdens on getting XP.
This article mentions the fix should be to focus very much laser like on demand generation for this thing as I said instead of looking a place in financial finally for choosing XP.
Now, we’re again going into recession. Why are we there? And some people might argue with depression I know but the projection is t the price of the laptops, desktops now let 2009 is going to go down. And so putting a charge for downgrading the XP, we’ll just kind of put Microsoft more under a magnifying glass I think next year. So you know we’re just really too focused on margins for one product for getting the damage they’re doing to their brand.
Windows 7 is going to cause millions and millions of peoples to move away from XP to Windows 7. I don’t know, time will tell. If they do it right, if it runs more smoothly on older hardware than this Vista did, if it’s perceived to be quicker, if it offers some features that we can’t get for XP then yeah, I think you’ll probably have to linger probably more to the replacement cycle than people just running out buying upgrade copies of the XP. I know I could be wrong but that’s the kind of way I see it.