Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!


"10 years" is misleading. (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | about 2 years ago | (#37194438)

In fact, Windows XP was not fully ready for use until after Service Pack 2 was released. So, it's been only 6 years. Service Pack 2 fixed more than 310 bugs, if I remember correctly, many of them VERY serious. For example, until SP2, USB on Windows XP was unreliable.

In my opinion, Microsoft releases software long before it should be released. In my opinion, Microsoft is VERY abusive.

There are something like 500 million computers using Windows XP. It is not a dead operating system. If Microsoft won't support it, then Microsoft should be forced to allow others to support it.

Windows 7 has a lot of changes to the user interface that are undesirable to employees with years of experience with former Windows operating systems.

Because Microsoft has a virtual monopoly, it is possible for the company to make money by releasing small upgrades, calling them by different names, and charging the full price for the new version. Anti-trust laws were suspended for Microsoft. Windows 8 will be released next year; that is version churning.

Part of the effect of releasing software before it is finished is that it is VERY vulnerable to malware. That makes more money for Microsoft, since many people with disfunctional computer simply buy new computers, thus giving Microsoft another profit from selling another copy of an operating system, even though the old copy is no longer being used.
Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account