Windows XP Departs: Good Riddance or Sad Farewell?
The forced retirement of Microsoft's Windows XP is set--with some exceptions--for Monday, June 30. To quell XP separation anxiety and the rancor of
However, PC retailers such as Dell have pretty much stopped selling computers preloaded with the venerable OS.
XP's disappearance has stirred much conversation. In fact, more than 200,000 people signed a petition to keep XP--a campaign championed by our sibling publication InfoWorld. In the long run, though, Microsoft refused to yield to the entreaties of XP-philes.
We have discussed this issue so vigorously here at PC World--in meetings, in our offices, and in the hallways--that we decided to enlist advocates for the two principle points of view to make their case, and then ask for your input in our Comments section. How do you feel about XP's departure?
Speaking first, in favor of Vista, is Senior Editor Robert Strohmeyer.
XP: Goodbye and Good Riddance
Windows Vista is flawed, to be sure, but I won't shed a tear for the demise of Windows XP.
First let me define my position on the question of XP versus Vista. I
When PC World's editors took their first hard look at Windows XP back in 2001, we weren't blown away by any means. In our tests, we "found its performance generally on a par with that of other recent Windows versions."
Among the operating system's annoyances were
Only when I booted up a beta of Windows Vista--with its streamlined interface, protected kernel, and improved networking tools--did I begin thinking of Windows as a modern OS again.
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