You probably all know by now how much I
dislike despise Windows Vista, even though I’ve been a Microsoft customer and systems integrator for years, this OS is useless for the kind of work I do and is a technical support nightmare. I only sell systems built on Windows XP for that reason.
Well now somebody is doing something to keep Windows XP alive. I run a business where I provide turn key systems. Having to supply Vista will be a technical disaster for many of the programs we rely on to do complex computer graphics work. So a vote for XP is essentially a vote to help me.
Vote here: SAVE XP
Computerworld Australia is running a story with a response from Microsoft to Infoworld’s SAVE XP petition Web site, which has gathered over 75,000 signatures so far. Apparently Microsoft is aware of the petition, but says it is “listening first and foremost to feedback we hear from partners and customers about what makes sense based on their needs, that’s what informed our decision to extend the availability of XP initially, and what will continue to guide us” — a somewhat strange response given that the vast majority of people signing the petition ARE Microsoft customers! The Save XP movement has attracted the attention of the software giant, despite its claims that Vista has sold more than 100 million copies and its adoption rate is in line with the company’s expectations. “We’re seeing positive indicators that we’re already starting to move from the early adoption phase into the mainstream and that more and more businesses are beginning their planning and deployment of Windows Vista,” the company said. Nevertheless vendors such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Fujitsu, and more recently NEC, all offer the opportunity to downgrade to XP Pro.”