[QUOTE=Wynona;443273]Originally Posted by Itaregid;443270[QUOTEI am somewhat on the fence here. On the one hand, Microsoft's primary concern is to develop an OS for the future. While they're working on shortening the time between releases, you have to remember that traditionally major OS releases for Windows came once every three years and all the planning ahead of that probably had to be locked down around 4 years out. You try predicting where the computer market will be four years from now with perfect accuracy. OTOH, you don't want to pull a dick move like Apple did in the 90s when they switched to PPC and didn't provide any means of migrating apps short of complete and total rewrite.Originally Posted by Itaregid;443270
I was referring particularly to my case Intaregid; Windows 8 64 bit installed correctly and there were no problems; however, when I attempted to install Windows 8.1 64 bit, Microsoft had [B
At some point you have to draw a line in the sand and say that the time and effort required to support something is greater than the potential reward in making customers with odd configurations happy. Pretty much every company out there eventually stops supporting its older products. There are probably still a few nutters who cling to Windows 1.0 out there if you look hard enough -- there are still people actively developing a DOS clone -- but I don't think anyone here is going to say Microsoft should be obligated to continue supporting those people.
Since this is a discussion about the future of Windows, I personally think Microsoft should take a page from Apple's book, only do one better. I'd start by chucking Windows out the... well... window and starting over completely from scratch on a brand new OS, or just take one of the research operating systems they've got sitting around and use that. Take the decades of experience gained from Windows development about what to do, what not to do, etc, and pour it all into this new OS. The old Windows can then be run in a VM sort of like XP Mode in Windows 7 or the Classic Mode in the early OS X days, only they can make it largely transparent, similar to how metro/modern apps will run in a window on Win 10 and of course you have full hardware acceleration of the virutalization in the CPU. Then you make it very clear that the old Windows is going away after a couple of years and everyone should get cracking on making sure their code works with the new OS. Then of course you have to actually make good on that threat and pull the plug on the old Windows after say 2-3 releases. There will always be some laggards who will wail and gnash teeth, so all you can really do is try and make for as orderly a transition as possible and if people want to play chicken, let them be prepared to live with the consequences. Assuming a rather breakneck pace of one new release a year, that'd still be 2-3 years people have to make their way to the new OS, not counting all the time that Microsoft could signal ahead of time that the king is dead, long live the king Neo Windows or whatever. That could probably give people at least another year and of course MS will still be supporting the old versions of Neo Windows for a long time after the latest version stopped supporting old Windows.