How Will Microsoft Corporation Deal With Windows XP Issue

Windows XP

Microsoft announced earlier this year that they would be ending their support for Windows XP, likely in a move to push businesses and home PC users to move forward to its newer operating systems. The operating system has been around since 2002, which makes it one of the longest lived operating systems in history. Ending support for the operating systems means no more updates, no more support for software, and no more protection from cyber attacks without using a third-party protection system. While it does make sense to move forward with the rapidly evolving world of technology, for some it may not be so easy. XP was an operating system that was easy to implement and simple enough for people without much computer experience to learn. On top of that, it is still in use by many businesses, including banks. Over ninety-five percent of ATMs across the globe are still running on the soon to be dead operating system. Although the Microsoft Corporation wants to urge Windows XP users to move forward, the issue they need to deal with is that the operating system serves as the backbone for more than just an office or a home PC.

For personal users, updating their operating system is just a purchase away. However, because of XP’s very user-friendly interface and currently widespread usage even home PC users may find themselves holding onto the operating system, impeding their own progress into the modern world. Because of how fast technology grows, especially today as nearly everything is tied to either the internet or a computer of some sort, insisting on utilizing an operating system that has long since been obsolete is the equivalent of insisting on banging flint over brush to start a fire when there is a healthy supply of matches readily available within one’s reach. All three of Microsoft’s newer operating systems are just as easy to adjust to as Windows XP was to learn, it is simply an issue of dealing with the clearly problematic ten minutes it would take to figure out that a new operating system is not a jigsaw puzzle, and is easy to learn when approached without a stubborn mind.

Although the switch may come easy for home users, for a business, switching operating systems is a lengthy, grueling process. Imagine one of the many companies that currently has employees trained only in Windows XP, Microsoft cutting off support the operating system means that the company wanting to update will likely need to go through an entire corporate process of updating the machines, costing them valuable time and money for the updates and the training sessions. For smaller businesses this is likely going to be an expensive endeavor, and for larger and more corporate-oriented businesses the cost will likely be measured in the time it takes to get the company fully up to speed. It is important for a business to remember however, that training a new operating session ultimately boils down to the people being trained. A grumpy, stubborn XP user is not going to adjust well, whether it is necessary or not. Unfortunately, the Windows XP transition issue is not limited to just what goes on in the office. Cash registers, ATMs, and the like will need to upgrade eventually to prevent security vulnerabilities. It is likely that Windows XP will be around for quite some time, even after Microsoft cuts off support of the operating systems.

Opinion by Michael Foster

Tech Republic

15 Responses to "How Will Microsoft Corporation Deal With Windows XP Issue"

  1. Larry   April 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    XP 64Bit is wonderful! what the the heck was Microsoft thinking? I use Windows 7 at work and its OK. I tested 8 and its made for touch pads, I will never use it! Microsoft better get right in Windows 9 or they lost me to linux. I love XP64 and I have used Windows since 95 and been very happy I hope they realize where they screwed up and take all your sugestions and use them. Good luck everybody

  2. zanzibar   April 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Microsoft already dealt with it in their own messed up fashion. By insisting on and pushing the sloppy W8 OS it drove me to Linux a year ago. They can’t give this thing away if it comes with a free car and they still don’t seem to care. Bye bye forever, I now realize what a messed up operating system any version of Windows is now.

  3. David   March 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I never made it to XP. The plastic toy looking desktop was a turn off for me, so I moved on to Linux, and never looked back.

  4. Ron Sexton   March 31, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I think Windows 8.x is great. XP was a very friendly system but i think that for protection in todays hostile (security wise) world it is better to have the newer O/S. It still has the desktop for those that want to use it, or a touch interface for those that want to use that. It really wasn’t that much of an adjustment and touch is kind of fun.
    I also think that most computers that ran XP well would at least run Win 7 well.
    Yes it is a pain but using these computers and operating systems means that it should be planed to move on later.
    As for those CNC machines maybe if they aren’t connected to the internet it will not matter so much. How much support do those need anyway if they aren’t changing.
    Loved XP, didn’t love Vista. Win 7 okay, Win 8 okay, Win 8.1 okay +.

    • Brett Duane   March 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      We have to get files onto those machines somehow, and thumb drives are supposed to be as insecure as a net connection (although slower).

    • David   March 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      You do know that the NSA has had backdoors in windows operating systems since Windows98 right?

  5. Gene Raley   March 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I have used the upgrade to XP, Vista, which was a piece of junk. None of the programs that I used on a regular basis would work with it.

    This is not about progress, it is about forcing the users of computers to accept the new procedure of storing all of your files and information, whether sensitive or stupid, on the cloud where any of the major information corporations can sift through it looking for the next technological break that can reap them millions and billions of dollars without acknowledging the author of that breakthrough financially or otherwise.

    Now there is a lamebrain with the media endorsing the move to improve our business procedures.

    Remember the last major endorsement of the mainstream media, I refer to the current occupant of the White House that will be launching his golf career at the end of his current term.

    Take the current OS of XP and improve it without compromising its ease of use and raising compatibility issues with programs that we like to use.

    Release a new and improved XP that runs with less space needed on the drive and give us regular refinements to a operating system that we like to use.

    I have two pickup trucks, Toyotas, 2004 and 2008, and they both work as well as the day I bought them. Will I replace them? Probably when they no longer fill the needs of my company, but as of this moment, they are just what I need along with XP.

    • jeff   April 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      What kind of commie pinko buys a foreign truck for his American business? No red blooded American Obama Hater would. I call you a farce. A disgrace to your purported cause. Charge him a dollar for being a lame brain.

  6. Stephen H   March 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Michael, your attitude is not appreciated. Take a chill pill and relax.

    The simple fact of the matter is that Microsoft failed with Windows 8 and I’m sorry but it does not take “ten minutes” for even an experienced Windows user to learn. Windows 8 is a completely different and most often unwanted experience than everything that has come before. They virtually abandoned desktop users in this iteration in favor of a mobile touchscreen based UI.

    Windows XP machines are simply not powerful enough and don’t have the required drivers available to make the switch to Windows 8. An upgrade is not simply “a purchase away,” it would require the costly purchase of a new computer.

    Many older programs simply do not run on anything above XP. The elimination of backwards compatibility has been a major stumbling block for users wishing to upgrade.

    Windows 8 just doesn’t work in the corporate environment so their only choices are to upgrade to the older Windows 7 or hold out hope that an improved Windows 9 is just around the corner. Any upgrade is very expensive and time consuming and they risk being forced into another expensive upgrade not long down the road if they choose to upgrade to Windows 7. This is probably the largest issue with Windows 8 because corporate customers are Microsoft’s bread and butter.

    Please have some more knowledge of the issues involved before you try ripping everyone a new one for supposedly holding themselves back.

  7. Brett Duane   March 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Sometimes, its about more than upgrading the OS. Sometimes, its about what the computer is being used for.
    Three cases in point:
    1) Where I work, we have machines driven by XP computers. The machines (CNC mills, and laboratory instruments) can not be replaced (far too expensive), no drivers are available for current OS’s (Win7/8), and existing drivers can not be loaded/run on current OS’s. What do we do? Scrap the machines? I think not.
    2) I have applications on XP that simply wont run on (Win7/8, even with compatibility modes) – there’s strong incentive to NOT upgrade the OS.
    3) The computers that run XP could be upgraded… if they were powerful enough to run Win7/8. They’re not, but are still reliable and adequately fill needs. More incentive not to upgrade – at least, not until the computer dies…
    None of these arguments touch on the UI – it’s about what the computers are being used for. If there was an OS that offered support for XP drivers and applications, we would consider an upgrade.

  8. gReG sKi   March 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    are you old enough to remember when you used to look forward to a Windows upgrade instead of dreading them?

  9. NL   March 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Michael, your tone is offensive

  10. Chris Wortman   March 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    What would make sense is if Microsoft made a version of Windows that looked and behaved exactly like Windows XP. It did not need to change it’s UI. Change for change sake is not something most of us look forward to. Microsoft would do well to understand this. Make a new Windows version, call it whatever you like for licensing purposes, and just give it the exact same UI as Windows XP with a ton of under the hood changes. Life will move on, and Microsoft makes money off of new licenses, and people are safer. Everybody wins.

    • Jackie Sherwood   April 1, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Great idea. And make it play old games. And run old software. XP2 is what we need.

  11. andrewlsummer   March 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Are your fingers hurting Michael because you are desperately scraping the barrel with: “impeding their own progress into the modern world”. What a load of nonsense! Just because your sound system, car, or house is over a decade old doesn’t mean it’s useless. Get a grip please people!


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