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Windows 8 is the new XP

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    India
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    Windows 8 is the new XP


    This new version of Windows is a disaster. Power users can't wait to replace the UI, and businesses are avoiding it like the plague. I'm talking, of course, about Windows XP. Ah, how quickly we forget.

    This new version of Windows is going to be a disaster, pundits say. It will be completely rejected by businesses, who will stick with old versions even after Microsoft drops support for
    them.

    And its new interface is so hideous and unusable that customers who are forced to use it will trip over themselves finding ways to restore the old Start menu.

    I am, of course, talking about Windows XP, which was released 11 years ago this week. It lived down to all those insults and dire predictions for years before it finally and implausibly became a success.
    Source: ZDnet

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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Good article, the similarities are definitely there.

    And you do hear the same things at every release.
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    My local A+E department at my hospital is still using win 2000 pro in it's computers. So I say win10 for consumer, and win 7 for business users.
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    It may come down to a "leeser of evils" scenario.

    Back around 2001 or 2002 we were going to skip XP and go with whatever came next. Next came Vista, of course, but by the time it appeared we were planning an XP rollout, for reasons beyond just Vista. We never did implement Vista.

    Windows 7 is in the planning/testing stages but bear in mind that it's a pretty big leap from Windows XP. Before Windows 7 can be rolled out completely, each department needs to test its applications, as a standard user, in a Win7 environment. The other big change in our case is that the desktop systems will be 64-bit, not 32-bit as XP is for us.

    There are surely hundreds of applications and thousands of laptop and desktop systems. Before we're able to completely move to Windows 7 we'll have to be sure that every last application has been tested and/or updated for Windows 7, and just about every machine in the company will be replaced by a standard-image Windows 7 machine.

    The hardware plan calls for a complete replacement of desktop and laptop systems every five years. I'd estimate then that no plans for Windows 8 will even be considered for at least three or four more years in our environment.

    An OS upgrade seems simple enough for a home or small business environment but the complexity grows exponentially as the number of applications and systems grows. Major software vendors may need time to cerfity their applications with Windows 8. Sometimes a new version is required, and that of course mandates testing of its own.

    Naturally, of course, predating all this is training of support staff on the new OS, before which the support staff members need to be identified, before which project management and funding have to be established. Nothing like that is going to happen overnight, and I'd say that the vast majority of businesses would wait for SP1 before they even think about considering the new OS.

    In summary: don't hold your breath waiting for a mass adoption of Windows 8 in the business world.
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    I have been using microsoft os's since windows 95, i have no desire to put windows 8 on any of my 4 computers. nuff said
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    India
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    In summary: don't hold your breath waiting for a mass adoption of Windows 8 in the business world.
    That's what Mr. Ed Bott says in this article: The adoption rate may not be rocketing high right after the release but Windows 8 has enough in it to become a champion gradually in the coming years.
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    Actually Windows 7 will be the new XP, no doubt about it.

    And I said that as soon as I saw Windows 8 many months ago.

    At the time I was ridiculed "not here" for making such an outrageous statement.

    Now everyone is saying it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Actually Windows 7 will be the new XP, no doubt about it.

    And I said that as soon as I saw Windows 8 many months ago.

    At the time I was ridiculed "not here" for making such an outrageous statement.

    Now everyone is saying it....
    I don't get you. Has your post got anything to do with the article?? And where is everyone saying it?? The article says Windows 8 is the new XP.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Seeing the much of rejection of W8, this article came as a smooth wave of comfort - in the end, only time will tell. I wish MIcrosoft the best with these Windows 8, for me it would be well deserved. Change is always uncomforting for the masses (and that includes bussiness too).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    And you do hear the same things at every release.
    No, you don't. Find me the criticism of 8 you heard for 7. Find it for XP. Look at the stories Bott links. There's a pattern but he doesn't explain it. This is from CNN in 2001 about why businesses weren't upgrading to XP:

    A Computerworld survey of 200 IT managers and decision-makers shows that more than half (52.5 percent) don't intend to migrate to the new operating system.


    Another 25 percent say they're undecided.


    The chief reason? They're in the process of migrating to Windows 2000. The number two and number three reasons cited by 155 IT managers who either don't plan to migrate or don't know if they will move to Windows XP were "no need for new features" and "cost," respectively.
    Also - when was XP released? In late 2001 at the start of a big recession. Gee, that's exactly when I want to spend money. I mean, c'mon. This is Bott story is embarrassingly bad.

    It's misleading to suggest the reviews of XP were like 8. Here's a bunch of them, which Bott ignores:

    CNN was raving about it when the beta came out in March - "promises to be the best preinstalled version of Windows yet."

    CNET - 4 out of 5

    FiringSquad
    - 85/100

    PC mag - 5 out of 5

    Mike's Hardware - phenomenal

    New York Times - state of the art


    If 8 could stand on its own and be awesome, you wouldn't be seeing stuff like this Bott story.
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