[PLUG] Would stopping support for XP backfire on Microsoft?

Shridhar Daithankar ghodechhap at ghodechhap.net
Thu Nov 28 19:08:10 PST 2013


On Friday, November 29, 2013 07:35:55 AM Mayuresh wrote:
> One may suspect, Microsoft itself is throwing XP vulnerabilities in the
> open to intimidate users into buying its newer versions.

yes because microsoft has financial incentive to sell the new versions and 
their biggest problem is not FOSS or OS X but the older versions of windows, 
which people cling on to.
 
> I am not a Windows user, though general perception is XP was one of the
> better versions of Windows so far. Threatening people like this is
> unlikely to do any good to their image as a vendor.

Don't attribute anything to smartness that can be explained by fear of change.

Microsoft can make this veiled threat because they can get away from making 
it. 
 
> Is this a point, CIOs would be made to think about adopting FOSS systems
> in place of Windows - both in the server and desktop space?

In some cases yes, most cases its just lets-stick-around-what-we-know even 
when its just a perception.

There are so many things wrong with the-windows-way and people know it. But it 
still does not change perception that we-are-familiar-with-it and alternatives 
are still way too costly to switch.

-- 
Regards
 Shridhar



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