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IT managers have spoken and their cry is loud and clear: Windows XP is still mission-critical.
Like previous software upgrades, Microsoft Corp.’s plan to stop selling retail versions of XP this June will leave many IT folks scrambling to catch-up.
To try and stave off the operating system’s impending demise, IT managers from across the country are signing ComputerWorld Canada’s SaveXP online petition. The recently launched initiative allows readers to protest the mandatory Vista upgrade as well as keep up-to-date with the latest on XP support, tips, tricks and industry commentary in the SaveXP blog.
For Wayne Bonaguro, IT manager at Carpenter Canada, Microsoft’s move away from XP is coming just too soon for his Calgary-based foam manufacturing company.
“All our machines run by programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and some of the PLCs we have in existence cannot even handle XP yet,” Bonaguro said. “In fact, the companies that develop these devices, like Siemens and Allen-Bradley, haven’t even begun working on Vista compatibility. We’ve just recently gotten most of our systems running nicely under XP, so to get that yanked out from underneath us is going to be an issue.”
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