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Andy Leonard is an author and engineer who enjoys building and automating data integration solutions. Andy is co-host of the Data Driven podcast. Andy is no longer updating this blog. His current blog is

Windows XP and 30 June 2008

Bye Bye, Ms. Windows XP? 

As of this writing Microsoft plans to stop selling Windows XP 30 June 2008. Steve Ballmer has indicated there may be wiggle room in this decision but (to my knowledge) no postponment has been announced.

Back In My Day... 

I've been around the block a couple times with Microsoft OS's and products. Does anyone remember the resistance to upgrade to XP? It's been a while, yes, but it was there and I remember it. People and corporations were being "forced" to abandon Windows 2000. Before that they were "forced" to upgrade from Windows 98 Second Edition - an OS I liked a lot. There were complaints also about moving to .Net. Some VB folks still refuse and are insisting Microsoft support VB6 forever.

I don't think there's a clear win here for either the folks who like or want XP or VB6, or for Microsoft.

My Way 

I think all of us at some time or other only want the things to change that we want to change, and only in the ways we want them to change. That's human nature. But we're involved in a change-or-die field. There are lots of business drivers for new OS's: security is one of the more important; new features are also nice; and the list goes on.

Microsoft didn't invent change-or-die rule or any of the other rules of the industry, but they do play by them - as do we all.


The people complaining fall into a couple camps. One group is constructively criticizing. For them, upgrading to Vista or another OS is a painful option. Their complaints are legitimate - there's simply a collision between their personal or enterprise's ability to manage this type of change at this time and the timing of the change. Normal, unfortunate, and (in my opinion) these people should be heeded by Microsoft.

There is another crowd about that, quite frankly, despises all things Microsoft. They are not constructively criticizing - they are whining. When Microsoft fixes the thing they whine about, they mill about until they find something else to whine about. It's a never-ending cycle for them, a broken record.

I confess I do not understand this second group of people at all. I can empathize with many people, but not these. Where I come from we say "that dog won't hunt" and "I don't cotton" to their way of thinking. That said, I wish them no harm. Opinions - and the right to express them - are precious enough in the US that many of us have volunteered to serve to protect the rights of the many others with whom we cannot empathize.

The Challenge 

I think the challenge for Microsoft is to separate the constructive critics from the whiners. In my opinion, they should ignore the whiners and respond only to the constructive.

:{> Andy


Published Thursday, May 1, 2008 12:01 AM by andyleonard
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Mr Purple said:

Hey Andy,

I agree with you that there will always be opposition to change. But I think the problem in Vista's case is that the payoff for upgrading does not seem to be worth the cost just yet.

XP had some big advantages over 95/98 and problems with drivers or cost of rollout were easy to justify against the value of the new features.

I think in Vista's case this has been much harder, no?

May 1, 2008 6:48 AM

jerryhung said:

Similarly, why upgrade to Core 2 Duo if you find Core Duo good enough?

I personally can live with XP or Vista, but if I have to pay I would never upgrade. But "fortunately", Vista came shipped on my laptop, my desktop, and I don't bother downgrading.

Corporations are definitely still on XP, and maybe "slowly" roll to Vista as they phase out the equipments

May 1, 2008 10:03 AM

Dave said:

Ummm.  Mainstream support for XP is slated to end 14th April 2009 (

30 June is (possibly was) the date the last date new Windows XP volume/open licenses could be purchased.

May 1, 2008 11:45 PM

andyleonard said:

Hi Dave,

  You are correct. Windows XP will still be supported, but will no longer be offered for sale as of 30 Jun - my bad. Corrected.

:{> Andy

May 2, 2008 6:08 AM

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