Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Apr 2007 20:58 UTC, submitted by rx182
Windows Paul Thurrot writes about Windows XP SP3: "If you were looking for any glimpse into the mind of Microsoft, this is it: the company has completely abandoned Windows XP, and it has absolutely no plans to ever ship an XP SP3. My guess is that Microsoft will do what it did with the final Windows 2000 Service Pack: claim years later that it's no longer needed and just ship a final security patch roll-up. This is the worst kiss-off to any Microsoft product I've ever seen, and you'd think the company would show a little more respect to its best-selling OS of all time."
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mk@tuco.de
Member since:
2007-01-23

the company has completely abandoned Windows XP


thatīs not true, my home system is W2k and I get updates all the time. MS hasnīt abondoned W2k not to speak of XP.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Only security fixes. Win2K is not receiving any new functionality or updated apps.

Microsoft has for all purposes abandoned Win2K. It it hadn't abandoned Win2K they would've released IE7 for Win2K (it wouldn't be much a problem to do so - Win2K is pretty much 100% compatible with XP - applications that won't install under Win2K has the Installer to deliberately fail on Win2K systems).

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

XP has API-level features that Win2k lacks. You have no guarantee that applications will always work the same between the two.

But you're right, the installers are deliberately set to ask for XP. Why? Because the applications haven't been tested on Win2k, and Windows is not some hobbyist product which can be cobbled together (Enterprise Linux software has similar versioning requirements). If it's not tested, things are likely to go wrong and it's going to piss customers off. Microsoft already has a huge testing matrix for most of their products, so it's not worth anyone's time and money to test for Win2k, which has a comparatively small marketshare. If you're a business that's running Win2k, then you're probably happy to keep your old system going securely without messing with feature upgrades and new software.

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