Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 19:45 UTC
Windows So, I guess Apple set a trend three years ago when it announced the $29 pricing for Snow Leopard (insert patent joke here). Microsoft has just announced the upgrade pricing for Windows 8 Pro - and it's good. Every Windows XP, Vista, and 7 install, no matter the version, is eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (download version) for just $39.99. The fine print: this offer only runs until January 31, 2013.
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Spiron
Member since:
2011-03-08

Reasons for upgrading to Win7 from WinXP.

1) Better Operating System with a better kernel, security sub-system, better programming API's.

2) Windows 7 is more standards compliant with IE9, Visual Studio 2010, and a base-level media player that DOESN'T suck.

3) More support in industry. Chances are that most companies are now going to charge you more to do trouble-shooting/support on WinXP machines. Plus if your department needs a new piece of tech, like a printer, more support for Win7.

4) (optional) Arguably easier to use. I know that there will be people that say it isn't but personally I find that I am navigating around my computer and programs faster than when I was on WinXP. One example is if I have 5+ programs open, not a rare occurance for me, and I want to launch my media player I just press 'WinKey+5' and that launches it from the position it is on on my taskbar.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Driver support for new hardware is also gonna be a problem in the somewhat near future for XP I can imagine.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Security really is a lot better. UAC may annoy people but it has been proven to make life a lot harder for malware writers.

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