If you're a Windows XP user who has delayed the dreaded Microsoft OS
"upgrades" because they are frequently bombs, you are facing an
excruciating torture session in April, 2014, when Microsoft will declare XP
officially dead. Here's what this milestone means to Microsoft's captive
In 1Q13, Windows
XP's market share of the OS market was 38.31 percent, following Windows 7
which commanded 44.72 percent. The usage of Windows XP has dropped to some
degree over the past year, but not as much as Microsoft would probably like. In
June 2012, the platform owned 43.61 percent of the market, and by December it
still retained 39.08 percent. That said, Microsoft has a long way to go before
Windows XP is completely out of the picture.
In 2011 400 million PCs were sold. Let's say, just for talking purposes, that at termination of XP there will be 400x10^6x0.3831 = 153,240,000 units that must upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. (The actual number of XP machines out there is far greater, but this crude estimate will do to make my point.)
computer repair guy says that it would take a smart user 2 weeks of training to
get facile enough with the new OS to the extent that he could be writing his
book, building his spreadsheets, etc. without the distraction and frustration
of having to learn how to do things using the new OS. Assume that he doesn't
spend time or money reinstalling current apps and installing new ones needed
because of the "upgrade". So...we've got 153,240,000x80 = 12.259200
billion man-hours that must be used and paid for to get everyone now using XP
back to their previous productivity level. At, say, $20/man hour that's a
cost of $245.184 billion--all borne by the employer, who used to employ
secretaries to turn out reports, proposals, etc. How's that lookin' to ya, Mr.
In other words, Microsoft figured their best strategy was to concentrate on locking in the client base as prisoners and milking them for all they could while maximizing profits. To hell with reliability, stability, longevity, sturdiness, efficiency of code, etc.. Make 'em pay every day if possible. To hell with users and their needs.
As a result we have planned obsolescence and shitty products. If a new Windows version is a crappy "upgrade" its crappiness will only create a better market for the next "upgrade". Let Microsoft Office grow in size. No problem. Disk space is no limiting factor.
This is a prison we're living in, folks, not a well-functioning free market with all its touted benefits.
End of rant.