Microsoft Windows XP’s death? – An Onsite Comment

June 30, 2008

This morning an excited New Orleans Onsite Computer business client emailed with concern as he heard a news service comment on today’s official end of the retail sale of Microsoft XP.  Months ago, the client attempted to integrate a Vista PC into his business network.  After several application compatibility issues, and a lack of driver support for his HP network printers, the client ordered an XP downgrade for his new Vista PC. 

Today, we explained that XP is not really dead and most businesses are continuing to use XP instead of Vista.  We cited Intel’s policy to continue to use XP instead of Vista for its 80,000 employees.  Additionally, we explained Microsoft’s decision to support XP until 2014.  We further acknowledged today’s end of retail XP sales by Microsoft will primarily effect home consumers, as business users will have the option to downgrade Vista PCs for the foreseeable future. 

Thus far Onsite has three clients with homogeneous Vista PC networks.  These clients were not affected with app compatibility or driver issues faced by many with Vista upgrades.  The majority of our clients, those with custom information management applications, are continuing to use XP SP3.  Our XP clients often comment they feel forced into a Vista upgrade; however with the present economic decline and impending recession, our XP clients will not consider the costs (i.e. hardware upgrades, software, application updates, and Onsite billable hours) of a Vista upgrade in the near future. 

As always, we’re advising our XP clients, “… if it is NOT broke, DON’T fix it!”

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.


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