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Feature: Windows XP vs Vista

Essential advice before you make the upgrade

Despite the efforts of our sister title Infoworld's 'Save XP' campaign, Microsoft still plans to kill Windows XP in June. This despite the fact that there's been a huge backlash against Windows Vista, one that's led many people to plan to skip the upgrade cycle and wait for Vista's successor before dumping XP.

Will Windows XP still be properly supported by Microsoft and, as a primary development target, by third parties? Is there something XP die-hards have missed, some hidden gotcha that's going to trip them up 12, 18, or 24 months from now?

Of course, there's no universal answer to the Vista upgrade question. Yes, in all likelihood you'll be just fine sticking with Windows XP – at least until Windows 7 ships in 2009 or 2010. But let's not rush to universal judgement. Let's take a close, measured look at the key considerations, and compare Vista's merits against the state of XP on the essential points that IT organisations and end-users care about. And if we can't solve this calmly and objectively, like fair-minded professionals, then let's at least have a good fight.

Are you ready to rumble? Okay, then. Operating systems, return to your corners, and come out swinging.

NEXT PAGE: How do XP and Vista compare in terms of security?


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