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Should software vendors extend support for their products on Windows XP beyond the end-of-life of the operating system?
According to me, there are a huge no. of peoples those are using windows XP. I mostly see that many people prefer it and since Microsoft is disconnecting its service support to windows xp, thus i would advice users to use windows 7 & 8. Because these version of windows are having a higher security and stability than the previous one. So i would like to tell the security manufacturers that they shouldn't launch any more version of program or updates for the windows xp, as it will allow the users to use the more vulnerable windows xp.
by Tara Prasad Routray, 20 October 2013, 09:02
Windows XP is one of the most solid OS's Microsoft has ever made... I don't see why users would switch if XP is still rock solid.
That's why vendors should still support it.
by Silver_Pharaoh, 20 October 2013, 18:50
i think software vendors sould extend their support to xp that has a lot than 8 it is bad to stop supporting because Microsoft just want to kill xp user to switch either to 7 or 8
by XP Man, 29 October 2013, 11:24
Normally I'd be inclined to vote "no" to such a question.
However, given the market share, and reluctance of many users to abandon XP for various reasons (self included), my vote was yes this time.
XP does everything I need it to. I'd prefer to not have to upgrade it.
by Tarq57, 06 November 2013, 10:41
XP was a champion that held the title for years. Be that as it may, there comes a time when champions need to hang up their gloves, because someone or (something) stronger, faster and being taught to be more efficient in 'Protecting and Securing' those vital areas is a given.
My old chair, Dos,Windows 98se and XP were great. Windows 7 has proved itself and holds the title - for now. As for Microsoft's '8'- only time will tell.
by Qwintek Security and Solutions LLC, 11 November 2013, 22:56
I work at a laboratory where there are a fair amount of older PC's that came bundled with very expensive laboratory equipment (lab instrument plus interface card plus specialized software usually preinstalled on a PC). The specialized software on these PC's is touchy - we've even had OS patches break it. As a result we have these on their own VLAN behind a proxy with a small number of white-listed sites allowed. Nonetheless there is nothing preventing a virus from infecting these machines from some other delivery mechanism. Anything that can be done to keep these machines protected would be appreciated.
It's ironic that some of the most important PC's are the ones running the older versions of Windows.
by James Younger, 03 December 2013, 16:33
Companies have a duty to support older operating systems from a social
point of view. Not everyone can afford to buy the latest and greatest operating
system. Besides new releases of an operating systems are some times a
joke in terms of longevity for example Vista and are so full of bugs as to render
them totally useless. Now that XP is stable and usable are we just to junk it
and move to an unproven product. I think not release service packs it is
much cheaper and affords continuity. New is not necessarily better.
by Walter Rovina, 04 December 2013, 05:43
Yes, but just to the end of 2014. XP has a very old Internet Explorer version which doesn't use the full potential of IE Smartscreen filter. Still XP users can use the latest versions of other browsers. It also doesn't have Windows Smartscreen and after the end of March (or April i'm not sure) every exploit will not be patched. I strongly reccommend other users to update at least to Windows 7.
by Liubomir, 07 December 2013, 14:37
Yes - it keeps their users secure!!!!!!!!!
First of all there is not any secure operating system from M$.
Not anyone is able to upgrade costs, that doesnt mean only the cost operating system but also additional hardware as also business software uprades , service , time etc.
Many people dont even need software updates, only security updates.
by George Orfanidis, 16 December 2013, 10:54
MS are notorious for releasing expensive software that's not fit for purpose, for using their customers as guinea pigs to find the problems with it and for changing layouts, menus and control keys for no good reason, forcing their customers to re-learn how to drive their stuff.
If they were selling cars - most would go back for a refund and they would have gone out of business years ago.
I wonder how many wasted man-hours their software has caused to business and private individuals over the years, trying to get ancillary equipment and associated software working with their new products as well as trying to fix home goals in them, while MS got hugely rich selling newer and bigger versions of their virtual snake oil.
W2k SP4 was IMHO one of their best OSs - fairly stable but not laced with crap injected just to protect MS's IPRs - to the detriment of their customers.
Basically, by failing to support older systems, they're making a lot of perfectly good machinery redundant, forcing owners to buy ever-bigger programmes which just won't work on older machines and depriving developing countries of the opportunity to use these older machines.
This is surely an opportunity for other software vendors - by supporting older MS products - and of course the various types of Linux, they would be securing new clients, helpng the third world and improving the chances of some real competition in the OS market.
by paul, 16 December 2013, 15:32