The anger has been boiling over between the two camps. Is it Apple vs Microsoft again? Nope. Microsoft vs Microsoft (with some Mac/Linux lovers tossed in for good measure). The subject is XP vs Vista and it has been a long and ugly debate between the camps. (Why can't we all just get along?")
Infoworld has been polling the tech audience and has received nearly 100,000 online. That may sound like a lot... and in all honesty it is impressive to get that many people to agree to one cause. However, in the overall scheme of things will it budge the guys at Redmond to reconsider its plans? Not if Bharat Suneja, an MVP for Exchange and tech guru who publishes the popular Exchangepedia Blog site has anything to say about it. He has done his own research on the matter and his opinion should be heard! Read his full post here.
For example, he writes:
"Though Microsoft will stop selling Windows XP based on the above timeline, support for the operating system isn't going to end when that happens. Microsoft Support Lifecycle explains Microsoft's support policies, including what mainstream and extended support mean. According to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows XP:
- Mainstream support will end on April 14th, 2009.
- Extended support will be available for five years from that date, till April 8th, 2014!
For a product with General Availability dating back to December 31, 2001, Windows XP doesn't seem like a product that's being retired prematurely."
The point Bharat is trying to make: Windows XP is an operating system that has lived past its prime, and Microsoft isn't about to pull the plug on it any time soon. (Users can move to Vista on their own timeline).
Some say Vista isn't ready for the enterprise, although Vista has been put into use at Continental Airlines immediately - and planes didn't fall out of the sky. So, obviously it is satisfying some, albeit not all.
As for the "Save XP" campaign... it seems like a moot point. Come 2009, if you're not ready to move to Windows Vista, its successor will probably show up long before the extended support for Windows XP ends in 2014.