Just after Microsoft killed support for XP and everyone moved to 7 (because 8 does not fit their needs) they go and announce this
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- That sucks. I have no interest in upgrading my home PC which works just fine :(Jul 11, 2014
- Was there an announcement? This was known for ages.
Everyone that moved from XP to 7 when XP died and is surprised by this has not done their homework and deserve to get stuck without support.
Though this isn't the end of 7 - XP users lived on "Extended Support" for almost 10 years, so they should be familiar with the situation.Jul 11, 2014
- everyone is surprised that after extending XP for 10 years that they have not extended Win 7 the same way. In fact (as the article states) they are still expecting it to happen. Given how the world has avoided windows 8 due to the badly thought out home screen for laptops and desktops are they surprised that no one wanted to go to 8?
Even using 8 in "desktop" mode is still not great.Jul 12, 2014
- Microsoft did not extend XP's "Standard Support" period.Jul 12, 2014
- They kept providing free updates and fixes for 10 years. That seems pretty standard to me.Jul 12, 2014
- It was just security fixes, not updates. That's why theres no SHA2 support or AES256 or Direct X10 or IE9 for XP.Jul 12, 2014
- Since 7 works so much better than XP or 8 people will be happy with only security updates for a few more years.
Given that everyone moved to other products to cover the lack of MS updates and upgrades I expect the same will happen with 7. Who needs Ie9 when you have so many better options out there?Jul 12, 2014
- As a technologically incline guy, you may know about better alternative apps to run on Windows 7, but - most people don't.
Now here's the rub, and this is important so pay attention - there will be a test at the end:
Who needs IE9? Web developers. Who needs SHA2? Application developers. Who needs DX11? Game developers.
Most people won't upgrade until the last possible moment, but they will also not install alternative SDKs and such. With a very large percentage of their target audience without support for new technology, application developers are forced to use the old libraries, or do workarounds and support multiple backends. This is hard, and getting harder all the time - as a result you - the consumer - get applications with less features, more bugs, less frequent updates that cost more. This is the one major reason developing for Windows sucks!
And Microsoft knows this (because we told them, during the XP lifetime, again and again). Microsoft needs VASPs to continue to provide value on top of their platform, they can't ignore the needs of the developers - and there are other options - Apples has 15~20% of the market, and Valve has shown the world that they can deliver software on Linux.
Now, do you really think Microsoft will let 7 enjoy the lengthy extended support that XP had, and continue to watch VASPs abandon their platform? As a Linux enthusiast, I hope so and think that would be great! It will be the best thing for Linux. But as a person who believes that Microsoft are not stupid, I don't see it happening.Jul 13, 2014