Seriously, are they computer professionals?

So I’ve mentioned before that Windows XP will be deceased in about 7 months from now. But it seems even some [what I would assume to be] IT professionals aren’t thinking straight. For example, in a blog mentioning the end of Windows XP, here are a few select comments [I left the text as is with typos, etc.]:

If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. XP works, is still being installed, and as already mentioned, is cost effective. With almost 50% of the world still running XP, it will be around for a long time yet.

Well. XP still have a better performances on many systems, easier and definitely more capable of networking, and many are still using Windows XP in many countries.

This sounds like Y2K all over again.

We tried Win7 and we ended up having to run the built-in WinXP emulator for a couple of our applications, so what’s the point of switching?

How about a class action law suit against Microsoft for breach of trust,

skullduggery, bait and switch, and moronic behavior….

Some organizations simply may not be able to afford to move off XP based only on the implied threats associated with the end of XP support. Assuming the hardware has the necessary horsepower to run Win 7/8 (unlikely) there is no migration path from XP to anything other than Vista, so it means every box, old or new, must be rebuilt from scratch. Then the apps themselves may not work in 7/8 and will require potentially expensive upgrades and some older apps may no longer be available at all. Not to mention incompatible peripherals like printers.

OK. Here’s some responses to the above:

  • Yes. Windows XP may be installed but that is because either the IT staff doesn’t know the end is [near] or management doesn’t care. Some do require it because of compatibility issues.
  • And no. According to NetMarketShare statistics [as of the beginning of September], about 33.5% of the computers are still using Windows XP – and dropping.
  • Windows XP has better performance? Doubt it. Better networking? You’re kidding me? Never heard of homegroups?
  • May sound like Y2K but Y2K was really overhyped. When you have a third of the world’s computers that will be without support, that’s a problem. There is already talk of malware writers holding off until after April to unleash a storm of malware.
  • If you are still running Windows XP on top of Windows 7, it is either because the company has software that isn’t upgradable or because they are too cheap to upgrade to the latest version every 5 years or so.
  • This is the biggest joke. Class action lawsuit? No lawyer would touch it. Microsoft initially gave 10 years support and then extended it by more than 3 more years. The life of support is clearly stated in the EULA when you buy or install the software [in the case of an OEM system, at the time when Windows finishes the installation]. So what did Microsoft do wrong?
  • For organizations that can’t afford to change hardware, most knew that the end was coming [aside from the extra 3+ years Microsoft added]. An organization with smart management doesn’t look at the very short term when it comes time to budget for IT expenses but 3+ years ahead. Yes. There are peripherals that may not be supported with Windows 7 or 8 but if they have been around for that long, is it worth keeping them? A cheap incompatible $80 laser printer can be changed. Windows XP doesn’t have the same hardware requirements as Windows Vista/7/8.

Here are some other things to consider [I mentioned some of these before]:

  • Companies that have to follow federal or other regulations like PCI DSS, HIPAA and others are required to have up to date secured systems. So once April 2014 comes around, they could lose their certification.
  • Just like when windows 2000 died [although a smaller install base], software developers will cease to support their products installed on Windows XP. For example, a future Adobe Photoshop Elements, Google Chrome browser, Oracle Java client or others may not include Windows XP support.
  • Same thing for peripherals. You buy a printer that just came out in May 2014 will probably not have any Windows XP drivers. Yes there are “universal” drivers but even that may not work too well.
  • As mentioned before, malware writers maybe cooking up a storm. With computer less protected, they may take advantage of vulnerabilities that are announced after Windows XP dies.
  • Third party companies can’t release updates to fix Windows XP issues because they don’t have the source code to fix the actual problem.
  • Sure you can run Windows XP after April 2014. It is not time bombed [although I heard one computer guy thought it was!]. But you may be in for some surprises.
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