Are you one of those users who still use Windows XP on their computers, regardless of the era they are in? If yes, read on…
Windows XP has been Microsoft’s most successful operating system till date and it turns 8 years old now, the sad truth is people are finding it more difficult to move on. The growth rate of computers and people learning computers increased twofold after the millennium and XP was released in 2002 which means that most of the PC users today started learning computers with XP and fell in love at first sight, making it difficult for them to adapt to any other interface.
Microsoft has been strongly promoting Windows 7 by adverts, removing compatibility for XP in future products etc. But, is it really advisable to ditch XP?? My answer to this question would be a straight YES.
XP isn’t cool at all!
Well, some of you may hate me for saying that XP isn’t cool. But, the truth is it’s just an illusion. Windows 9x/2000 and XP series don’t have big changes between them and people easily moved on and companies were also willing to deploy newer OS’es as they hit the market. This isn’t the case for Vista. When Vista was first out, some people were disappointed about the huge interface changes. A friend of mine hated the start search! :P . When a company changes a particular software to a new one, the employees productivity decreases since they need some time to adapt to the change. Companies aren’t ready for this (since Vista/7 have big changes in comparison to XP). People have to start learning about the cool new features in Windows 7 and the better security it provides when compared to XP.
I strongly believe that the changes in Vista/7 are purely positive and Microsoft is going towards the right path.
Here are 10 reasons to Ditch XP (I believe these reasons are credible enough)
- It doesn’t have UAC
- It doesn’t support all your hardware forcing you to go driver shopping online.
- It comes with IE 6
- If you give importance to looks, It doesn’t have AERO.
- It is designed to run happily on a 128 MB RAM and not on your 2GB machine. To make use of your computer fully, Upgrade to something new.
- It cannot diagnose network issues automatically like Vista/7 does.
- It looks bad on Huge LCD monitors. (this is the reason why I ditched XP)
- It won’t be supporting IE9
- It doesn’t support Office 2010 unless you have SP3 installed.
- and finally, Windows 7’s Paint program is a lot better.
Though Microsoft has decided to Support Windows XP till 2014, It’s almost dead now. I feel that it’s time to ditch XP and move on to newer versions of Windows. If you think it’s a bit harsh on your pocket consider Ubuntu 10.04. It’s a lot better than Windows will ever be.
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