13 July 2012
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Retirement of Windows XP

With the retirement of Windows XP people are being forced to look at upgrades to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft have released a statement urging people not to wait for Windows 8 but to upgrade to Windows 7 now.

I have to say I agree with this statement but probably for different reasons to Microsoft, after all it is not me trying to sell the software to customers. Windows 7 is a great replacement for XP, it is stable, user friendly and has some new features which really do make life easier ok so it looks a little different and takes a little time to get used to but Windows 8 will be even more different! Windows 8 (not even officially released yet – however it should be out around the end of 2012), will be based on Metro, which is a tile based view of your desktop, instead of icons you will have tiles that you move around to access your programs. I guess they should change its name from Windows Tiles. The concept is to keep in-line with the way tables and phones are going however I am not convinced (having played with the pre-release version) that it is what you need on a business PC.

I would urge people to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 (bypassing the failed Vista iteration) by I wouldn’t recommend waiting for Windows 8 (it could turn out to be another Vista).

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