Windows XP: Five reasons for survival

Microsoft is doing its best to kill Windows XP, but that's not going to happen. No matter what the company does, the operating system will live on. Here are five reasons why XP will never die: Enterprises want XP: There's no escaping the simple fact that enterprises have snubbed Vista, and show no signs of […]

Microsoft is doing its best to kill Windows XP, but that's not going to happen. No matter what the company does, the operating system will live on.

Here are five reasons why XP will never die:

Enterprises want XP: There's no escaping the simple fact that enterprises have snubbed Vista, and show no signs of abandoning XP. Just a few days ago, Forrester said that a survey of 50,000 enterprise users found that throughout 2007, Windows XP use remained at a steady 89%. Vista grew from zero to 6% in that same time, but that came about because users moved from Windows 2000 to Vista, not from XP to Vista. Don't expect corporations to switch to Vista from XP in 2008.

Small laptops and portables need XP: Small laptops, such as the Asus Eee, and the low-cost pocket devices that will use Intel's Atom processors, simply can't handle Vista. Vista requires too much processing power, graphics capabilities, and RAM. As Computerworld reports, Microsoft is expected to announce that it will allow these kinds of devices to use XP beyond the June 30 date the company has set for killing XP on new PCs. Sales of these devices will most likely skyrocket. So XP will be around for a very long time.

Users will wait for Windows 7:  Windows 7 will most likely be here in late 2009 or possibly early 2010. Vista has been around for over a year; if someone hasn't switched to Vista by now, there's a good chance they'll be patient enough to wait until Windows 7 ships. I'm actually a big fan of Vista, particularly the new interface, Aero, easier wireless networking, and other benefits. But I know that not everyone is a fan, like I am. Microsoft has spent countless millions of dollars marketing and hyping Vista, so it's not as if people don't know about the operating system. To date, they've voted with their wallets. They're not about to change their votes.

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