Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Apr 2008 22:22 UTC
Windows As you surely know by now, the latest hype on the web is stories, news, or supposedly new quotes regarding the potential availability of Windows XP after June 30th, when Microsoft will cease selling the seven year old operating system. The latest development? Big PC companies like Dell and HP have found a backdoor to keep on selling XP after 30 June. And no, it doesn't involve Windows 2003.
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Stop the dependence on that platform
by Lennie on Sun 27th Apr 2008 08:58 UTC
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

If you don't like the conditions of the licens and business practises of the software you are using. The best thing to do is, stop using it. Because as history shows us, microsoft has less and less an interrest in what their customers want.

If you are a company move your applications to the web (obviously it can be a comporate intranet) and make sure proper webstandards are supported by that product or to multiplatform applications (firefox, thunderbird).

The more you do that, the less dependent you are on that company in Redmond. So next time them come up with something you don't like, you just tell them to go away.

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Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Yeah, and while we're at it we can switch to alternative energies, end famine and war, and dance around the campfire singing kumbaya.

Trust me, I'd love to see your philsophy put in motion where I work. The fact is that in most US companies, no one cares about IT. It's viewed as only an expense and does nothing for bringing in profit. Change is difficult and it's expensive in the eyes of upper management and accountants. I'll be the first to admit that there's a lot of pro's to doing something like free OS, platform independence, yada-yada. Unfortunately, not only do the top brass have to be on board with footing the re-training bill, but also they have to have a bit of the hatred for MS. Realistically, that
s not going to happen. Management has bigger fish to fry, like selling product.

Bottom line is upper management (and 99% of the corporate user base) don't care about platforms and licensing, and who's monopolizing who. They want their s**t to work with the least amount of headache, and the least amount of thinking. They want to use tools and names familiar to them. And they don't want to call helpdesk every hour when something doesn't work, or when they can't find the right button to push.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Because as history shows us, microsoft has less and less an interrest in what their customers want


If by "Users" you are talking about people at home, you are right, they don't care much about them. If you mean businesses, governaments, partners, and developers, it is hard to find a company that cares as much or does more for them then microsoft.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Because as history shows us, microsoft has less and less an interrest in what their customers want


If by "Users" you are talking about people at home, you are right, they don't care much about them. If you mean businesses, governaments, partners, and developers, it is hard to find a company that cares as much or does more for them then microsoft.
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My company is very concerned about long-term archival storage of electronic data ... I'm talking about being able to read it for 30 years or more, guaranteed.

For that we need at least format stability, and in addition we would like precisely documented formats, completely open and able to be implemented by any vendor. No "single-source" suppliers at all, and maximum cross-platform portability of all software as can be had. (In 30 years time, all current platforms will almost certainly be unavailable).

We need this is because our customers, in turn, want "sovereignty" over their own data (that they pay us to produce for them), and the projects we complete have a operational design life of 30 years or more. There are a lot of projects like this ... every major building, for example, is designed to be operational for more than 30 years.

Microsoft doesn't seem to want to do anything at all to help us.

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gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

If by "Users" you are talking about people at home, you are right, they don't care much about them. If you mean businesses, governaments, partners, and developers, it is hard to find a company that cares as much or does more for them then microsoft.


This may be true for Windows Server 2K8.
But I fail to see what interest do business users (or developers) have in DRM, Aero and 95% of all of Vista's new features.
Vista is predominantly an end-user OS. (Again, unlike Win2K8)

- Gilboa

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