Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Apr 2012 08:07 UTC
Windows "All support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end in two years as of this past Sunday. Mainstream support for two other entities ends this week however. Mainstream support for Windows Vista will end on Tuesday 10th April, and for Office 2007 ends today." You should be using Windows 7 anyway.
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so what?
by evert on Tue 10th Apr 2012 08:41 UTC
evert
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2005-07-06

Most users probably already upgraded to Windows XP or to Windows 7. Especially the readers on osnews :-)

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"You should be using Windows 7 anyway."
by jbauer on Tue 10th Apr 2012 10:36 UTC
jbauer
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2005-07-06

I love this kind of remarks... are you going to pay for the upgrade? Because I have a couple of machines running Vista and they work just fine, thank you very much.

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Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

I agree. Also I suggest "You should be using Haiku/Aros/BSD/Linux/other OS" anyway. ;)

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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Tue 10th Apr 2012 11:24 UTC
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

One of my brothers is running Windows Vista. The other bought his PC later and is running 7. The brother on Vista sees so little difference between Vista and 7 that he forgets 7 exists as a separate entity.

I actually had to remind him of its existence when, in response to Windows 8 previews, he said "I guess I'll be upgrading to Linux some day then". (He does envy Ubuntu for various aspects of the Compiz+Unity combination, but he's a gamer first and foremost and most of his games are owned via Steam, so that statement is fairly telling)

I'm sure he'd take a free Win7 upgrade, but if he's any indication of the average user, there just isn't much impetus to upgrade to Win7 if you're used to WinVista and have a legitimate OEM license to it.

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by Kivada on Tue 10th Apr 2012 18:15 UTC in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

I actually had to remind him of its existence when, in response to Windows 8 previews, he said "I guess I'll be upgrading to Linux some day then". (He does envy Ubuntu for various aspects of the Compiz+Unity combination, but he's a gamer first and foremost and most of his games are owned via Steam, so that statement is fairly telling)


Well have him start buying games via Desura, they are running a similar model to Steam, but support Linux and Windows with talk of support for OS X, which is more then can be said for Steam at the moment. Theres also Wine + http://www.playonlinux.com/ to get some of his Windows titles running.

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AnythingButVista
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2008-08-27

... I'm counting them and still have fingers to spare.

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Office Support :(
by jburnett on Tue 10th Apr 2012 13:54 UTC
jburnett
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2012-03-29

I still run Office 2007 simply because I cannot afford the upgrade to 2010. My dad still prefers Office 2003. Sucks that they are ending support for such good software.

Too bad Open/Libre/whatever Office isn't up to the same quality as Microsoft's version. Nobody would have ever switched that that ribbon interface if a simple fork could have kept the security patches in the old UI.

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5 yr lifespan for Vista and Office 2007
by benali72 on Wed 11th Apr 2012 00:46 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

Given their dates of introduction, this means MS gives you about a 5 year lifespan for Vista and Office 2007.

Talk about planned obsolescence!

The value just isn't there when amortized across such a brief period. Imagine if MS sold you your car ... "Hey, it's been five years so now we're going to force you to buy a new one."

Hard to believe people put up with it. Yet here in the US, you hardly have a choice. The great majority of all new computers come with Windows bundled, whether you want it or not.

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jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

Given their dates of introduction, this means MS gives you about a 5 year lifespan for Vista and Office 2007.

Talk about planned obsolescence!

The value just isn't there when amortized across such a brief period. Imagine if MS sold you your car ... "Hey, it's been five years so now we're going to force you to buy a new one."


Extended support for Vista will end on 2017, almost an eleven-year run. No one is forcing you to upgrade. What on earth are you talking about?


Hard to believe people put up with it. Yet here in the US, you hardly have a choice. The great majority of all new computers come with Windows bundled, whether you want it or not.


That should tell you something about the quality of the so-called alternatives.

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