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Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:40
Subject: Re: Windows XP support was: RE:
[nvda] Is any release prior to the latest stable release, and thenext RC
release, officially supported? #NVDARelease
I think that anyone who's ever worked
for anyone else who supplied computer equipment knows that you're at the mercy
of your employer's decisions, and those decisions often have nothing to do
with what makes the most long-term sense.
That being said, I think the question,
"Why are you sticking with XP?," is directed at those who have the ability
(and that includes finances, we all get forces of economics) to change, but
don't. The most frequent reason I hear is a variant on, "Because that's
what I'm used to." Well, you weren't when you first started using it and
every version of Windows except Windows 8, which was a weird change in a lot
of ways, has a very strong set of roots in its predecessors. I see that
more in Windows 10 than I ever did in 8 or 8.1 - those two releases seemed to
be when Microsoft was thinking about the world as if it was all touch-screen
and tablet oriented and that desktop computers would be passe. Win 10
has wedded pretty much all that I liked up through Win7 with the few things I
liked in Win8 as well as throwing in some very useful new stuff. My
clients who have gone from Win7 to Win10 seem less traumatized by the
transition than going from Win7 to Win8 or Win8.1.
At this time, barring outside forces
such as the ones you're dealing with, it makes very little business sense or
computing sense to keep nursing Windows XP along if you're using it in
cyberspace connected environments. It's a huge security risk just do to
what's not been patched for almost 3 years now in the OS and sometimes longer
in the third-party software on it.
I've said it before, and not only
about Windows, either, but there is a great advantage to transitioning to a
newer OS not on the bleeding edge, but when there's a huge cohort doing it at
the same time. Right now the ability to find Windows 10 information
that's up to the minute and widely available is very high. As time goes
by that decreases, and people no longer have it "fresh on their minds" when it
comes to questions about what they did to get a specific setting tweaked, for
instance. I couldn't tell you now probably way more than half of what I
used to know like the back of my hand about Windows XP because it's been years
since any employer I've worked for used it or I've used it as my primary OS.
In certain respects the same thing will occur with Windows 10, too, well
before it's replaced because so many things are "set it and forget it," both
literally and figuratively.
Back to the subject: Third-Party developers tend to drop active
support for a given OS very shortly after the OS manufacturer does.
Backward compatibility may exist for a while "by chance," but it will
eventually be terminated when there's a conflict between being able to create
what the developers believe is an improved product that runs on a supported OS
and backward compatibility.
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