Has it really been 10 years? This question may bring along with it an air of nostalgia, especially when referring to Microsoft’s most popular version of Windows — the legendary XP. The thought of Windows as a whole making up approx. 90% of all computer operating systems; and of the whole, XP itself still retaining nearly 45% of all users, says a lot about the worldwide appeal of this PC-based platform.
In today’s posting, we will take a look at the reasons why XP has achieved and maintained the level of global acceptance it has, as well as some projections for its presence in this new decade.
While many users do feel particularly ‘attached’ to XP, there are plenty of others who share a different opinion. Take, for example Lance Ulanoff, Editor in Chief and Senior Vice President of Content for the PCMag Digital Network. In an article posted on September 23rd 2010, he stated the following:
I have no nostalgia for Windows XP. It was a decent operating system with its share of problems, but the longer I run it in the office, while using a smaller Windows 7 laptop as my mobile system and working on a Windows 7 machine at home, the more I notice its shortcomings. Windows XP lacks stability, strong security features like BitLocker, universal search, the Aero interface, innumerable usability features, Device Stage and the overall speed enhancements I enjoy in Windows 7. On the other hand, thanks to three service packs, it does still work.
Speaking of Service Packs, let’s take a quick look at when the currently supported desktop versions’ support cycles are up, courtesy of ZDNet’s Ed Bott:
Looking for a laugh? Try visiting Microsoft’s site and viewing their page for XP … it’s really just a big advertisement for Windows 7.
How will this affect AudioAcrobat users? We foresee users of Windows 7 and IE9 having an enriched experience when it comes to basic uses such as browsing the internet and web interfaces involving webcams and microphones; as well as a more powerful platform to conduct labor-intensive tasks such as audio and video editing.
All-in-all, we believe in progressing technology while at the same time enriching the user experience. By the looks of it, Microsoft shares in this vision and will be helping bridge the gap between how we used computers in 2001 vs. how we’ll be using them in 2021.
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