Save Microsoft XP

I’m going to write a computer post. This coming from a person who has subscribed to AOL for over 10 years and thought hyperlinks and blockquotes were great inventions 4 years after the fact.

Anyway, I found this AP article interesting.

SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp.’s operating systems run most personal computers around the globe and are a cash cow for the world’s largest software maker. But you’d never confuse a Windows user with the passionate fans of Mac OS X or even the free Linux operating system. Unless it’s someone running Windows XP, a version Microsoft wants to retire.

Fans of the six-year-old operating system set to be pulled off store shelves in June have papered the Internet with blog posts, cartoons and petitions recently. They trumpet its superiority to Windows Vista, Microsoft’s latest PC operating system, whose consumer launch last January was greeted with lukewarm reviews.

No matter how hard Microsoft works to persuade people to embrace Vista, some just can’t be wowed. They complain about Vista’s hefty hardware requirements, its less-than-peppy performance, occasional incompatibility with other programs and devices and frequent, irritating security pop-up windows.

I’ve heard the same and for that reason Microsoft Vista is one of the main drawbacks as I look to get a new laptop computer. From what I’ve heard, it is a downgrade from XP. Both my desktop and laptop have Microsoft XP.

Recently someone at a writer’s forum I belonged to, said Microsoft is screwing up XP updates in order to get users to upgrade to Vista. Would a company do that? I’m not a big believer in conspiracies, however the latest part in the web fiction I’m writing(a serial) had a scene where the main character so frustrated over her slow computer, wondered if that’s just what Microsoft is doing.

I don’t have much more to add. Feel free to defend or bash Microsoft. Is it possible to downgrade? I mean buy a PC with Vista, but then install XP? Dumb question probably.

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