If you, or your workplace, are still using Windows XP, it’s time to move on. Microsoft will officially end support for the 2001-vintage platform on April 8, 2014, just shy of a year from now. That means no more service packs, no more updates and, most importantly, no more security patches. Windows users generally receive periodic updates from Microsoft via its Windows Update service. These fixes often patch irregular behavior in the operating system. More importantly, they plug vital flaws in the OS´s security, preventing hackers and exploiters from running roughshod over private PCs.
Comments: This doesn´t happen until April of 2014.
Since I started using my iPod, I´m thinkng to move to Apple products anyway. It´s interesting that Gates became a billionaire with a product with constant need for maintainance. Where else can someone get rich on something faulty?
XP was (is?) the best of the Windows operating systems. It was rock solid, worked steady and remarkably free of bugs and glitches. But idiot programmers have to keep monkeying with fully functional software, making "improvements" that are purely cosmetic, but hinder the functionality of the operating system. I haven´t worked with Windows 8, but I doubt that it is any way functionally superior to XP. Doesn´t matter. In a year I´ll have a Mac, or perhaps a Linox box and be free of Microsoft forever.
XP was fine for work computer. Win 7 came out and now IT is changing everyone over. There is no advantage gained by Win 7 for our work environment. There is only a loss because some of our apps don´t function anymore. Have had to spend big bucks to get new interface cards that are specific to our equipment because old cards won´t work on new machines. It´s time to select an operating system, and a machine hardware configuration, and freeze it for a while. Several decades or more. At work we don´t need the latest and greatest. We need to get our jobs done. MSOffice 2k was sufficient for our needs. Didn´t need any of the bells and whistles added by 2003, 2007, 2010.
In telephony the electronic equipment is designed to function for at least 50 years. If there was a frozen operating system, all business applications would be focused on compatibility with that operating system.
I´ve got XP on my home desktop PC, 7 on my notebook and office PC. I´d just as soon use XP, and as others have said, unless you have 7 "professional" and can run your old 32-bit programs, they are already obsolete.
Time marches on, in this manner: - New software makes your hardware obsolete, so you buy new hardware. - New hardware makes your software obsolete, so you buy new software. - Repeat.
Still have an XP computer for using WordPerfect because I much prefer WP´s on-the-fly formatting to MS Word´s we-know-what-you-need-let-us-do-it-for-you, which I have to spend too much time undoing. Everything else is done on the Mac Pro.
XP might be disappearing officially, but bet it hangs around for a long time yet.
If WordPerfect would come out with a version for the Mac, then Microsoft would be gone from our home. (Yes, I know about, and have, Parallels for Mac. It´s . . . sort of okay , but means you´re still running MS software.)
XP was a good OS, but windows 7 is better in one critical way. In Win7 it is practical to follow what has been "best practice" for years. You should work as a "standard user" not as an "administrator". With XP, if you worked as a standard user and needed to do something that required administrator privileges you needed to log out and back in with an administrator account. With Win7, for most things you can go ahead and do them. Windows will prompt you for administrator credentials. The advantage of this is that if you are working as an administrator and something needs administrator privileges it is just a click. So, you go to a website and it asks you a series of questions that you click "OK" all of a sudden you realize that you have clicked "OK" to install malware on to your PC. If you are logged in as a standard user, you click those "OK" buttons, but when it tries to install it asks for your administrator password. That gives you that extra alert that something is about to happen that you may not want to happen. The other thing is, if you are logged on as a standard user and malware does get on your computer it is only able to infect that user. You can log off and back in as administrator to clean up the problem.
XP is much more vulnerable to viruses and trojans. I switched to Windows 7 and hated it at first. I have grown to like it, and it´s speed and security. I have had an opportunity to work on a Windows 8 laptop. It´s confusing, and frankly if an OS is harder to use for everyday applications then it´s worthless.
I´ve been using XP with Firefox for years but will probably go to Linux at Mr A´s urging. I´ve bought laptops with "improved" windows but have taken them down to the local comp store and had them replace the new versions with XP.
Thanks for the one-year notice, OP. It will probably take me that long to get used to Linux.
Struggled with Microsoft products for years. Lousy tech support. Viruses galore and crashes. In 2010 I bought an I-Mac and then an I-pad. I don´t know why I waited so long. Hasta la vista, Microsoft. I´m an Apple guy now!
Have a drawing program that I often use. Won´t work with any 64 bit OS. Use XP and 32 bit Windows 7. Easy way not to get viruses, malware, or be hacked: don´t connect to the internet. You need one for lucianne, etc. But for work use one that doesn´t connect to Al Gore´s invention.
So they´ll kill off Windows XP (which is dependable) and force Windows 8 (which is not) down our throats. Reason #2398789235 why I dislike Microsoft. Of course, I have several more reasons for hating Apple.
I´ve have Windows 7 (Sevin?) on the work computer for almost a year now along with the new office - Buggy as He!!! The things I don´t like about are too numerous to list here, but it is the bugs that MS has done NOTHING about that tick me off! XP rocked. I´ve had an iMAC for over 3 years now and it has been absolutely bullet proof. It is an absolute pleasure to come home to the MAC knowing that it just works and runs rings around a PC. For anyone (#9) that wants Office compatability try Open Office. It is free...and bug free as well.
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