This morning I spotted and retweeted this incredibly insightful tweet:
You have a CTO, CIO, IT *architects, IT managers, IT *analysts & your company is still on #Windows XP in 2014? That doesn’t compute!
— WorkingHardInIT (@WorkingHardInIT) February 5, 2014
How true is this? Incredibly. It may be the most truthful statement made in IT in the last decade.
Windows XP is dead. (Equally, Internet Explorer 6 is dead.)
We often hear of businesses who are ‘forced’ to stay on Windows XP because they’re still with IE6. Whose fault is this? Theirs.
For years now people have been talking about XP’s inevitable end of support, and that time is rapidly approaching. For years businesses have blamed this on Microsoft – they built processes around IE6, or they found XP such a reliable operating system. Certainly Windows Vista didn’t make things easier.
But let’s face it, Windows 7 has now been out for long enough that it’s already superseded, and it really was a worthwhile replacement to Windows XP.
If your business designed itself for Windows XP and failed to contemplate the inevitable, I just can’t feel any sympathy.
Stuck on XP? Sucks to be you.