Why Windows XP Just Keeps Going and Going

Last year the technical college where I live opened a new campus that caters to those who are seeking curriculum in the computer related field. Many of the classes are designed for those who are either new to computers, need specialized training on specific computer software or who want to sharpen their skills in more advanced topics such as networking and the like. Most of the classes being offered are specifically designed for businesses though some classes do cater to home users. As I went through the catalog of classes being offered, I noted one surprising fact. There were no classes being offered for Windows Vista, just Windows XP, which I found surprising since Vista has been out for well over a year.

During the summer I had met one of the instructors who teaches computer courses for the college, I noted her name still listed for the Spring 2008 schedule. I gave her a call and inquired why Windows XP was still being offered and not Windows Vista? In the back of my mind I was sure I already knew the answer but wanted her insight as well. She stated that there was no demand from businesses thus far to even begin offering Windows Vista as part of the curriculum. She stated that back in September 2007 some 90 businesses with 25 employees or more were contacted and none had begun to use Vista. She also stated what was really surprising was the fact that none of the businesses even planned on upgrading to Vista during 2008.

While this in no way is a indication that every learning institute is following the same course of action, nor does it indicate that businesses are not planning on using Vista down the road, it may be an indication of something else. That Windows XP is just to good to give up right now. It seems that Microsoft has done a great job with Windows XP after SP2 and that many companies may be reluctant to change. Since Microsoft is extending support for Windows XP until 2011, businesses may be somewhat reluctant to upgrade until they are forced to.

Again this is just where I live. How about where you live? Are businesses in your area flocking to Vista or are they taking a wait and see approach?

Comments welcome.

[tags]windows, xp, vista, businesses, upgrade, wait, college, courses, [/tags]

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  • javabeans

    Great post Ron!

    I can report that the same is true in my area. With Vista being out as long as it has no school in my area is running Vista nor planning on it any time in the near future. I completely agree that XP SP2 has put Microsoft in an interesting situation. XP SP2 is so good that there’s really no outstanding feature for Vista to offer over it. Vista is not even close to reaching the stability in XP SP2, until then you know companies/schools are not going bother upgrading.

    Another major issue is hardware. How many schools/companies want to go to an OS that is far less stable than XP and takes more hardware resources to run? I just don’t understand why Microsoft decided to go the direction they did. Vista is not a bad product on its own, but compared to XP SP2, it’s nothing at the moment.


  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello JavaBeans,
    “Vista is not a bad product on its own”
    Exactly. This has nothing to do with whether Vista is good or bad.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for your comments.
    Regards, Ron

  • Liam

    I work as the IT person for the Computer and Business classes at a college here in TN. I can say that we are definately not going to Vista next year as it has proved too unstable and there is nobody asking for it.

    The worst part was our college president bought a brand new Dell XPS laptop with all the bells and whistles on it and it came with Vista Ultimate.
    He hates it and has complained so many times we have lost count. So that put the nail in Vistas coffin. There is even talk of skipping it like we did ME.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/dabrace1984/ dabrace1984

    Microsoft supports their operating systems for 4 years after a service pack is released. This means that support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 will end January 31, 2009. When Windows XP Service Pack 3 is released, support will be extended until sometime in 2012 if it is installed on a computer. For the Windows Life-Cycle Policy, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/.

  • Jeremy

    I can confirm it’s the same at my college as well, mainly because I don’t think they want to invest the money to upgrade all of their computers on campus (and trust me, there are A LOT) to get Vista to run well, or at the very least spend the time upgrading all of ’em to Vista. Theoretically, the PC’s on campus have the minimum requirements to run it, but I know I’ve heard quite a few people say that you need at least 2GB of ram for it to run like XP, which none of the PC’s on campus have (they all have 1GB).

    Also, I’m part of a club that listens to different IT people come in and explain what they do at their job (mainly because they’re looking to hire people for internships/full time) and one of the reps of a company (which I won’t name) said that they aren’t using Vista. They have a few computers with Vista installed, but that’s mainly for testing purposes as they really don’t want to take the plunge just yet.

  • Stan Nelson

    As a Windows user starting with 3.0 and everything since (including testing Vista), I can say without reservation that this is the most dependable, most productive, most stable setup I’ve ever had: Windows XP Professional with SP3, and Vista Transformation Pack 8.01. I get the rock-solid and reasonably fast performance of XP with the “cook” looks of Vista — the best of both worlds. I can only recommend this to any computer user in any setting.

  • http://twitter.com/cubasupport cubasupport

    Thanks, but is easier to reytpe the stuff and delete the offending highlight text than to follow your advice on this. The highlighting was, helpfully, added automatically by Microsft, or perhaps, judging by the nature of the words highlighted, the CIA.