While it may take a few years to happen, economic and environmental factors should slowly begin to even the world’s playing field.
As Windows Vista’s launch approaches we want people to remember the problems encountered when Windows XP first hit the market. Many older Windows Based programs had varying degrees of compatibility issues some of which took a year or two to iron out. Surprisingly Libra had no really significant problems but some minor adjustments were required. For this reason it may be prudent to order any new computers with Windows XP at least until the end of the year. By then we should have a better idea of the ultimate impact that Windows Vista will have on the computing world.
It’s also likely that with the new introduction of Windows Vista that Microsoft will drop technical support for Windows 2000 just as they have for Windows 95, 98, ME & NT. Other major software manufacturers will likely follow suit, as they prefer to support as few versions as possible.
While not yet confirmed it seems likely that Microsoft will drop support for Novell Netware interfaces at that time. There has been a worldwide trend to Microsoft Windows Server products and they may feel that this is the time to push the last generation Novell server products out of the marketplace. At some point converting to a Windows Server is going to make sense. Give us a call whenever to think this makes sense.
Windows Vista will end the reign of Microsoft’s best operating system to date. Sales will likely continue until the end of the year however. In that case six years doesn’t seem too bad. Microsoft and other companies are becoming aware of the fact that companies require more time to migrate to new technologies. Changing systems too often causes unnecessary pain with too little gain for most companies. Companies have responded by adopting in house standards to minimize impact.
The continued availability of used equipment, older software programs and technical support can forestall the need to fully upgrade systems until it is absolutely necessary or it becomes truly advantageous. In either case 2007 promises to be an interesting year technologically. Here’s hoping it will be a positive one for everyone.