Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step
by Hans Otten on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Maybe an overdue step"
Hans Otten
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2009-12-24

Windows XP feels outdated indeed, once you have Windows 7 on other systems. My netbook (Acer Aspire One D250, which has the two core Atom N270 and 2 GB memory) runs fine. XP was fine too, but W7 is much more usable. Admitted, not as speedy as larger systems and with a limited display resolution, but I do not experience W7 to be slower than XP.

And I do not have any problem with older software once you know how to work around the bad habits of ancient software wanting write access to Program files for example, or install it as XP SP2 or SP3 software. Even some older drivers like DLPORTIO (I need that for parallel port I/O software) can be installed on the 32 bit version of Windows 7.

Windows 7 64 bit, with the exception of 32 bit drivers of course, has very little problems running 32 bit software. Windows 7 seems to run most older software I encounter. And it looks like that took a lot of effort by Microsoft, to fit the better security and features around misbehaving software. Preserving your investments is something Microsoft values.

I do not really like the license model. Hopelessly complicated with too many choice, from the crippled Starter, Home Premium, Professional to Ultimate (and Enterprise for volume licensing custumer.

Edited 2010-10-22 18:25 UTC

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