Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 22:40 UTC
Windows Microsoft will shutter its Windows XP line June 30, as planned, ceasing sales of Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home to retailers and direct OEMs, Microsoft confirmed to eWEEK April 3. The statement from Redmond executives ends weeks of speculation that Microsoft would extend the life of the operating system as users turn up their nose at Vista, the operating system meant to supplant XP, and OEMs argue lighter versions of desktops and notebooks don't have the juice to run Vista.
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by kaiwai on Fri 4th Apr 2008 02:20 UTC in reply to "..."
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

It is not wise choice, but after all - its their company, not mine. If I could make one decision on behalf of Microsoft - I will cease the sales of XP and restart the sales of Windows 2000. In its current state. It is still far more useful system than Vista.

I still regret that I do not purchased one boxed Windows 2000 when it was possible.


Personally I think that NT 3.1 was heading in the right direction; the was a small compact kernel, minimal things running in kernel space, the graphics layer sat in user space - sure, it didn't set the world alight in terms of speed given the hardware of that era but had they stuck to that design we wouldn't see the pissing, the moaning, and the '30% of crashes due to Nvidia drivers' which we see today.

Even the former Windows manager said that things started to come unstuck around 15 years ago when all hell broke loose in the heady days of the 90s. Things being added left, right and centre. Good programming practices thrown out the window in favour of cramming as many features into a product as humanly possible - with little or no regard spent to how those features will impact on the system in the larger picture (security, stability and so forth).

As for Microsoft, they have nothing to lose. When one has 95% of the marketplace, you can pretty much do what ever you damn well please. I do find it funny when I see people here wailing and gnashing their teeth when it was their very purchase of Windows machines that actually gave Microsoft the power they have today. People hate Microsoft as a monster and yet they ignore the very people who made Microsoft they size it is.

It reminds me of all the Southpark episode regarding 'Sprawlmart' - and people protesting about it. Ignoring the fact that it was the people who hated it were the ones who demanded it and shopped at the place. Same can be said for all those people who hate Microsoft and yet use their products - hypocrisy?

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by rcsteiner on Fri 4th Apr 2008 15:51 in reply to "RE: ..."
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2005-07-12

Windows NT 3.1 was not considered small and compact at the time. Compared to competitors like OS/2 2.0 and later or Microsoft's own Windows 3.1, NT 3.1's memory requirements were very high.

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by kaiwai on Sat 5th Apr 2008 04:23 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows NT 3.1 was not considered small and compact at the time. Compared to competitors like OS/2 2.0 and later or Microsoft's own Windows 3.1, NT 3.1's memory requirements were very high.


Mate, I said structure wise; it is very possible to have something that consumes more memory, and yet, code wise, is very compact. Its an easy concept, learn it some time.

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