XP upgrade/Discontinue of Support

Are you still running XP?

Well if you did not know, Windows will stop supporting windows XP starting from April the 8th. A little back ground on XP. XP started release to the public on October 25th, 2001. It was preceded by Windows 2000 and Windows ME. It was succeeded by Windows Vista. Due to Vista’s terrible public reception, Windows XP was still much liked and used more by the general public until Windows 7 was released.

Windows XP has been a very stable piece of OS for a lot of users for a long time. Even now a lot of Ohio State’s departments still use XP and a lot of companies uses XP. Now is it ethical and fair for Windows to say that they will stop supporting XP? These companies that uses XP might have to update their computers unwilling just because of the stoppage of support.

What if a person has important stored information on their XP computer, but suddenly next thing they know, they have viruses on their computer. What can they do? Maybe they can bring it into a computer shop to take a look at it, but what if It is so broken that the shop can’t fix it, only Windows can. Is it ethical for Windows to say: Well I’m sorry we don’t support XP anymore, your on your own.

What do you guys think?

6 Responses to XP upgrade/Discontinue of Support

  1. Michael Hammons

    Although there are personal users that still use Windows XP, I think the biggest issue is the amount of ATM’s that still relies on Windows XP to run. When Microsoft ends support for XP all these ATM’s will be at an increased risk for viruses and hackers. I would think most people don’t want the place they are getting there money from being unsecured.

    Of course, banks will upgrade systems, which require not only a software upgrade but also a hardware one. These upgrades cost the bank a large amount of money and time when the system in place was working just fine. Some may believe these upgrades are needed, however, due to Windows XP being released over 12 years ago.

    Microsoft, who still is supporting Windows Vista , Windows 7, and Windows 8, is saving money by not providing support for an outdated operating system. This also allows them to put that money into supporting and improving current operating systems as well as creating entire new ones.

    Although Windows XP still has many supporters Microsoft has every right to end support for it. Change is inevitable and this move by Microsoft is just acting as a catalyst for that change. They offer many other great options for users to choose from and will continue to make good products

  2. It’s tough for me to see an issue with Microsoft ending support for Windows XP. With the exponential rate in which technology develops, 12 years is a relatively long time to even support software. Many older games developed in the mid 2000s have long had their support abandoned. Personally, I still enjoy playing the original Halo game, which was released for Windows in 2003. However, support for this software has long been abandoned, and their online multiplayer servers soon face being shut down. I have been hard pressed to find versions of software developed and coded in the early 2000s that hasn’t had their support abandoned.

    Software like video games aren’t purchased on a nearly as large of a scale as Windows XP was, so I understand where Windows XP could be seen as an exception to the norm. But, if 12 years is too early to end development, when would be an appropriate time? The ability for any company to support their products will always be based off a finite time, so what would be an appropriate length for their support of the product?

    It is a definitely interesting note about ATMs using Windows XP though. XP was plagued with security flaws and issues, mostly stemming from it’s large share of the operating system market the years following its release. So it would be neat learning about why banks chose to use Windows XP over other operating systems, and how they managed to overcome the security flaws with XP all these years.

  3. I truly believe Microsoft is making a mistake when it says it will end support for XP. Microsoft XP is a all in one operating system that does not give the user worthless things. Its extremely basic but is able to be used in the most complicated of ways. Like you said, there are many companies that still use windows XP, but I do remember reading somewhere that most companies are switching to Windows 7 as most people consider it to be XP but with even more power. I also do believe that Microsoft should instead completely extend support for XP and offer it, or different versions of it to larger firms. It seems really efficient for the type of environment that can innovate off of it, it does what you want it too, without ever complaining or being incompatible, or having different “features” that will “help” you do things.

    Now even though I do believe that they shouldn’t stop supporting it, they do definitely have the right and capacity to end support for it. They most likely won’t turn away people who have issues with their product as that would probably lead to an unreasonable loss of customers.

    I believe that Microsoft should instead of ending support for Windows XP, entice people to further innovate off of it and support those who break the standard Windows XP. We’ve been through a lot of computer innovation that maybe someone needs the motivational boost, may it be a job or a stack of money, to create a new, even better version of Windows XP.

  4. Edillower Wang

    I think what Microsoft did is morally right. Temporally, it may cause some inconvenience for the XP users. They may be forced to update their operating system or find alternative security supporter. It might cost of time and money. However, in the long term, end the support for XP has more significant advantages. First of all, it can decrease the unnecessary cost of time and money on time old technology. Accordingly, companies and engineers would be able to focus their attention on the development and evolvement of science and technology. Second, it can promote users to use better products. Some people may doubts that the ability and security are enough for some users. However, it’s unfair to slow down the advances in science and technology. Outdated products are eliminated is a historical necessity. In brief, some users may have temporally loss, but the loss is an unavoidable cost of development and long-term well-being.

    By the way, the end of Microsoft’s supporting doesn’t mean a huge damage for current XP users. The English government has already paid Microsoft for one year extensional support. Microsoft China also recommended Chinese users several Chinese companies including Tencent, Lenovo and so on. These companies will continue to provide free XP security support. Accordingly, the possible disadvantages have been minimized. Overall, end the support for XP is a good thing, and it will bring more benefits in future.

  5. I’m on the side of the ring where I think what they did was right and it’s actually a good thing that they ended support for Windows XP. First off something can not be supported indefinitely, I don’t believe that it to be economical for a company. It’s similar to other products, such as automobiles and even other appliances. Manufacturers don’t keep spare parts for ever because the cost to continue producing some things just doesn’t justify itself. However, typically third-party manufacturers actually are able to produce some parts for an extended time but sometimes are not as high as quality. It would be nice somehow Microsoft could allow a third party company to continue support at least from a security standpoint (especially if Microsoft is going to continue support for some specialized groups as said by Edillower Wang.
    Another reason to end the support, I feel is to progress as a company and do new things. By ending support for XP, efforts can be focused elsewhere towards new OS or new technology in general. Personally, I feel that 12 years is plenty long enough for support on an OS and with 3 newer OS’s out. Although ending support for Vista years ago would make way more sense, continuing in chronological is probably just easier.

  6. i did see this article before. i was hoping someone was going to bring up this topic. for the average person, they probably wont notice this change because they are most likely using windows 7 or windows 8. but, as you mentioned before a lot of ohio state still uses windows XP. i know in the welding department that some of the automated welding machines are still running on windows XP. At the welding institute on west campus, they have a large friction stir welder that you can use on vehicles, that was bought for government work, that is worth millions of dollars, and they still runs on windows XP. im sure there are many cases in industries where companies are still using XP. this is most likely because it would be fairly expensive for large companies to upgrade. they would most likely upgrade when they absolutely had to. most are probably thinking, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

    i think it is pretty unethical for microsoft to stop supporting XP. the people that are using their product payed for that product. it is not fair to the user that might be perfectly content with what they have to be forced to buy something new. this move might actually hurt microsoft image in the future. people might look at microsoft and think that every ten years or so they will have to buy something new. and they might look at the product and question if it is the best possible thing they could buy or is microsoft making a “just good enough” product, something they could put out and know that doesn’t have to last.