[QUOTE=Chad_Bronson;2542349]Ah, but the thing is, they drop support for one reason, and one reason alone. Money. Take for example, the fact probably many XP users now find their IE 6 has been dropped from support from sights like YouTube, this will have most likely angered people as essentially, it forces people to upgrade to a different browser.
The counter question is, why should I? Why should I upgrade browsers / software / Operating System if 1) It just works 2) I’m perfectly content with it? I don’t understand how software companies work, why would anybody upgrade things that work?
It’s sort of like scrapping a T-Reg Ford Fiesta for a newer version; if it worked, great, if not, consider getting it again or invest in a newer model. Why would anyone upgrade if, as I said, it just works?
Sounds like I’ve just repeated myself. But, I’m not sure if this is still accurate but 2/3 of computers still use Windows XP, and with the advent of netbooks in our midst, inevitably it’s fudged the figures more towards Windows XP support.
Not bad for an operating system which is nearly a decade old and still supported as though it was first released ;)[/QUOTE]
WHY they drop the support isn’t relevant to this discussion, the fact that they eventually DO is…
when the computer will no longer perform the intended task because of an OS/Browser/software compatibility it becomes nothing more then a power hungry dust collection machine.
the time when all those XP systems will cease functioning isn’t known precisely… yet… but the fact that they WILL cease to perform their designated tasks is as certain as Newtonian physics.
that is the “Technical reality”
What you are discussing is the “philosophical side”
On that note I’ll run XP on several systems as long as I can, because when XP stops working (for whatever reason) those systems become basically useless, because as a matter of hardware they have no upgrade potential, to Vista let alone Win7…
Any system that cannot run Vista-buisness is being phased out, not that I’m actually installing vista-biz on those systems… yet…, I ccurrently have no intention of doing so… but I’m preparing for the very certain future.
But I completely agree about XP, it works.
But all the best wishes for it’s long survival? wasted…