Originally Posted by Hazzeedayz
because when a company builds it's infrastructure with software that works with XP THEN, the software involved isn't able to work on newer platforms, it ends up costing BIG $$$ to
1. buy the new software (some of the licenses we use at my company go for over $5000 per seat)
2. R&D of said new software (factor cost for employee time)
3. deployment of new said software (factor cost for employee time)
4. the cost of downtime for each employee during said upgrade (technically paying employees to sit and wait since they can not work)
5. the money they pay of IT to troubleshoot compatability problems instead of normal everyday situations (because deployments NEVER go smooth no matter how much R&D is put into something)
add all that up and you have a HUGE expense for a company. If anyone has ever worked IT, then they KNOW that corporate doesn't like to factor in the cost of business for the tech aspect (if it works, why change it) because they don't understand.
For a small company such as the one i work for (less than 200 employees), this could be devastating...
Exactly, and while many people on this forum think that Windows XP is old and should be replaced with something newer, the fact is that for the kind of use it gets on the machines it's installed on, it's perfectly fine. It still hasn't come to the point of losing support and regarding its biggest vulnerability which is being connected to the outside world, there are still up to date Internet security packages both paid and free available, along with modern web browsers, not to mention corporate firewalls. This doesn't make the OS as secure as newer versions, but in the mindset of people running these systems, the cost-benefit ratio of upgrading makes it worth to keep using XP for now. Besides, we all know that when it comes to security some people either get paranoid about it or, at the other extreme, don't' seem to care much about it until they have a problem.
Microsoft is now paying for the mistake it made by taking more than 5 years to release a successor to Windows XP, along with the fact that even after that they had to push many updates in order to make the successor worthy of consideration and that didn't even solve the problem of running Vista on Netbooks, so it let OEMs keep selling brand new computers with Windows XP installed all the way to late 2009, which is when Windows 7 was released.
Companies spent money to go from last century DOS based technology in what was a rapidly moving technology space into a 21st century connected world with a modern OS based on the NT kernel. Then Microsoft ensured Windows XP would stay relevant:
SP1 brought along the ability to use HDDs larger than 137 GB, so you can boot from HDDs up to 2 TB big, more than good enough for most people; it also brought native USB 2.0 support, which is still fine to transfer documents and low and medium volumes of music and picture files; you can of course install third party USB 3.0 cards along with the respective drivers;
SP2 brought major security improvements, along with new major features, including the Security Center which sort of gave the OS a new life as it was both functionally and aesthetically new (in the sense it wasn't there before), checking for the presence of Anti-virus software and whether it was up to date and if the firewall was turned on, along with a check to see whether security updates were set to be installed once made available, and alerting the user in case action was needed regarding any of those items;
SP3, which is regarded by many as only bringing improvements to the corporate world, even adds something useful to all: support for WPA2.
So in the end you have a 21st century OS (from the beginning of the century, but that is also an important psychological factor, it's not from the last century), an NT based OS that is capable of scheduling to multiple cores, even though it doesn't scale very well beyond two cores, but people using these systems are probably happy with the good enough performance a single or dual core CPU provides for the task at hand, support for up to 4 GB of RAM, capable of using HDDs up to 2 TB, with wireless support (improved over the years), including WPA2, and still being patched and still with available security packages and modern web browsers.
And lots of people who bought a Netbook up to and including 2009 (and some in 2010 as stocks didn't sell out overnight ) have it installed helping to further instil the feeling that the OS isn't that old.Edited by tpi2007 - 8/19/13 at 10:47am