Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 28th Nov 2012 01:24 UTC
Windows The clock is ticking for XP users, with Microsoft ending support with its final security update after 11 years on April 8, 2014. Netmarketshare's desktop browser statistics show 40% of users are still using XP, totalling about 500 million users (versus Windows 7 at 45% and Vista at 6%). Gartner and Forrester analysts predict that 10% to 20% of enterprise PCs will be running XP after April 2014. Options for companies include: speed up XP conversions, sign up for Microsoft's Custom Support Program for after-retirement support, and add a supported browser to XP to replace unsupported IE8.
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It's IE6 that's the big problem
by rklrkl on Wed 28th Nov 2012 07:47 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not IE8 that's the big issue with XP, but IE6. In particular, company/government intranets using IE6-only sites (e.g. ancient ActiveX nonsense which were a bad idea 10 years ago, never mind now).

It means anyone doing Web work on those organisations' intranet or internet sites still have to test/design against IE6 so that the orgs' own users can see the new site, which ought to be a crime in this day and age. It doesn't help that there isn't an IE6 compatibility mode in later IE's either, which is another reason IE6 has hung around like a bad smell for so long.

As ever, it's all Microsoft's fault for extending support for a desktop OS for so long. Yes, we can blame the rotten Vista for part of that, but should a company support a desktop OS that long regardless? Servers make sense to me because they probably have a longer upgrade cycle due to the expense of replacing them, but this isn't the case for desktops.

One thing that surprised me was how long Microsoft took to start making its non-OS products non-compatible with XP - this is one way to accelerate the adoption of later Windows releases.

Edited 2012-11-28 07:50 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

IE6 isn't as much as a problem as you might think. There is browsium, which basically lets you run IE6 as a plugin to later versions of IE.

Microsoft have enterprise customers that is why they have these massively long support cycles.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Not to mention, Windows 7 Pro includes XPMode, which gives you an XP install in a VM with seamless integration for installed apps. Meaning, you can run IE6 via XPMode just like any other application. You can even run IE9 (Windows 7) alongside IE6 (XPMode).

We use XPMode everyday to run Simply Accounting 2003, which will not install on Windows 7.

Edited 2012-11-28 16:36 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

As ever, it's all Microsoft's fault for extending support for a desktop OS for so long.

Ehhh, I'm fairly sure you would criticise them much more in the case of too short support...

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