'Save XP' Campaign Remains Optimistic

Kachina Shaw

This month's IT Business Edge special report, "Long Live Windows XP," kicks off today with an interview with InfoWorld Executive Editor Galen Gruman, who told Lora Bentley that his publication's "Save XP" campaign was prompted by the lack of enthusiasm for Windows Vista when it hit the market and a growing unease with the prospect of being forced to give up Windows XP before they felt it was necessary. Several hundred thousand signatures later, Gruman isn't sure what impact the campaign will have, but he remains optimistic.

 

Says Gruman:

Vista feels like change for change's sake, and the few things that it seems to bring to the table -- a better security model, easier deployment tools for IT to use -- could have been added to XP or delivered in a less disruptive way.

As IT Business Edge CTO Troy Atwood told me, "it's all about the money." As in, there isn't a compelling reason to spend it on Vista and new hardware to run it. XP is chugging along in this office just fine, as it is in so many others.

 

Throughout the month, we'll talk to Forrester analyst Benjamin Gray about why XP won't survive, Endpoint Technologies Associates President Roger Kay about Microsoft's relationship with its customers, and futurist Brenda Cooper about what is coming next.



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May 15, 2008 2:04 AM Vadim Vadim  says:
Vista feels like change for changes sake, and the few things that it seems to bring to the table a better security model, easier deployment tools for IT to use could have been added to XP or delivered in a less disruptive way. Reply
Jun 13, 2008 8:44 AM Ronald Reed Ronald Reed  says:
I recently used Vista Home Premium on the laptop my son (Principal Software Engineer for a high tech company and PhD candidate in computer security) bought for his wife. It has Vista Home Premium. That's the way the computer is configured; no option. He says never again. I say NEVER. This is the worst piece of software I have ever used. It's horrible. It does strange things on its own. It's a memory hog. Talk about bloatware. I have XP Professional on my three home computers. Thank goodness. I had my newest machine specially configured by Dell just to get XP Pro. Reply

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