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When will Microsoft pull plug on your Windows or Office?

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    When will Microsoft pull plug on your Windows or Office?


    The countdown for Windows XP is about to get serious. In one year, Microsoft officially stops supporting XP. What happens when the clock runs out? And how long until your current version of Windows or Office suffers the same fate?
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    One of the research laboratories I work at still use Windows XP computers to manage their equipment. The decided to just lock up their firewall tighter than a nun's knickers.
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    Well some of those dates should keep a few members of The Eight Forums happy. .
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    I honestly hope never (Windows in general, I mean ... not XP). Seems like subscription-based software is starting to become a trend. I didn't think I'd do it at first, but I finally gave in and signed up for Office 2013, 365, whatever, you know, the whole cloud thing that comes with the whole suite that you can install on up to five machines. Okay, well ... I put in a new motherboard, and my copy of Office 2010 wouldn't activate. Sigh. I guess I see the logic in doing it this new way ... cost-wise it makes sense. I guess?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    One of the research laboratories I work at still use Windows XP computers to manage their equipment. The decided to just lock up their firewall tighter than a nun's knickers.
    A nun's knickers.... HA!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    I honestly hope never (Windows in general, I mean ... not XP). Seems like subscription-based software is starting to become a trend. I didn't think I'd do it at first, but I finally gave in and signed up for Office 2013, 365, whatever, you know, the whole cloud thing that comes with the whole suite that you can install on up to five machines. Okay, well ... I put in a new motherboard, and my copy of Office 2010 wouldn't activate. Sigh. I guess I see the logic in doing it this new way ... cost-wise it makes sense. I guess?
    It does.
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    My God, to think that an operating system has lasted literally until 2014, geeeez! Seriously, time to get rid of it. The NT 5 kernel isn't a very secure one, as the MASSIVE chunk of updates to xp were literally just security based ones. LITERALLY. I once installed xp SP2 in a VM one day, and it took a few hours to get ALL the updates just to get to SP3. There were well over 100 security based updates. I think 168 stands out.... There were some performance ones though. Then came SP3, and about 90 more security updates after SP3 was just security patches..... Once 2014 hits, what happens if there a security hole that gets finagled out by some hackers that can end up being fatal in the enterprise? I kind of wonder if some of the companies that were hacked into recently had xp going on their systems.....

    Thirteen years is by far too long for one operating system.

    SO much technologically has changed: CRT monitors to LCD, PS/2 to USB based EVERYTHING, PATA to SATA, hard drive to SSD, wired keyboards and mice to wireless and Bluetooth devices, desktop to laptop to ultrabook to tablet, 120 gig hard drives to being large to 1 TB being close to a desktop standard, 1 TB 2.5" hard drives that are thinner than the hard drives that were in the first xp tablet PCs, BIOS to UEFI BIOS, IDE to AHCI, single core CPUs to quad core ones with GPUs even more powerful, DirectX 9 to 11.1, and SO SO much more. That's just the Windows PC. It's odd to think that there were several parts manufacturers that were/are making xp drivers for brand new hardware just to get some use out of it whereas 7 or even 8 would use that hardware much more efficiently because of the better coded Windows platform of recent years. But interestingly enough, the legacy of the Windows tablet PC was really started with Windows xp. Windows 8 is reigniting that. Or...reSTARTing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    I honestly hope never (Windows in general, I mean ... not XP). Seems like subscription-based software is starting to become a trend. I didn't think I'd do it at first, but I finally gave in and signed up for Office 2013, 365, whatever, you know, the whole cloud thing that comes with the whole suite that you can install on up to five machines. Okay, well ... I put in a new motherboard, and my copy of Office 2010 wouldn't activate. Sigh. I guess I see the logic in doing it this new way ... cost-wise it makes sense. I guess?
    I suspect there was a problem/restriction with your copy of Office rather than anything to do with your new motherboard. I've installed 2 copies of Office 2010 Pro on two brand new computers which have motherboards manufactured in 2012. I doubt a motherboard can discriminate about which software can be installed. But software can certainly factor in incompatibility.

    I would look more in to the licensing rather than the new hardware for your installation issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderBite View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    I honestly hope never (Windows in general, I mean ... not XP). Seems like subscription-based software is starting to become a trend. I didn't think I'd do it at first, but I finally gave in and signed up for Office 2013, 365, whatever, you know, the whole cloud thing that comes with the whole suite that you can install on up to five machines. Okay, well ... I put in a new motherboard, and my copy of Office 2010 wouldn't activate. Sigh. I guess I see the logic in doing it this new way ... cost-wise it makes sense. I guess?
    I suspect there was a problem/restriction with your copy of Office rather than anything to do with your new motherboard. I've installed 2 copies of Office 2010 Pro on two brand new computers which have motherboards manufactured in 2012. I doubt a motherboard can discriminate about which software can be installed. But software can certainly factor in incompatibility.

    I would look more in to the licensing rather than the new hardware for your installation issues.
    Correct ... I don't think it had anything to do with compatibility with my new MOBO, because the message I got was along the lines of, "This copy of Office has already been installed on other machines," or something like that.

    Doesn't really bother me. I really like the new Office.
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    ^^^^^^^^

    Doesn't really bother me. I really like the new Office.


    That makes at least two of us on this site. . .. . .
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