Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 22:23 UTC
Windows "Windows 7 might be a massive commercial success and an undeniably rock solid piece of software, but Microsoft is apparently unwilling to rest on those soft and cozy laurels. Asked about the riskiest product bet the Redmond crew is currently developing, its fearless leader Steve Ballmer took no time in answering 'the next release of Windows'." Also of note in this same video interview thing: Ballmer states that Silverlight is now pretty much strictly a client, non-cross platform thing, while explicitly stating that when it comes to doing something universal, "the world's gone HTML5".
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RE[2]: Risky?
by vodoomoth on Sun 24th Oct 2010 14:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Risky?"
vodoomoth
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Microsoft can secure its investment: Make Windows expire or stop releasing security updates starting, say, 2012, and people will have to "upgrade" to Windows 8. Just like Microsoft did with Windows XP ;)

You say "Make Windows expire". Which version of Windows are you referring to?

You may not know but Microsoft is still releasing security updates for XP SP 3. There's another news item in the RSS feed that says Microsoft is only now denying OEMs the right to use XP in netbooks. So... the ones that have been sold last month won't even have 18 months of security upgrades?

Anyway, I don't think the people who are currently using XP are that worried about security upgrades. In that respect, Vista is better than XP. I'm using XP SP 3 on a laptop that's always on, using an administrative account. Why? Because 1- the limited account is simply not usable on XP, 2- I don't put anything sensitive on that machine and 3- even on that old machine with that limited memory space, XP is the more responsive of the two systems I own.

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