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.
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.