All the Lies as Windows xp End Arrives!

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As we all know Microsoft is about to end the support for Windows xp and as we have been told again and again means that windows xp is not going to be as secure because there will be no more security updates.

But this is only word of true anyone has been saying about the whole demise of Windows xp the rest of what is being said is basically a lot of lies, half truths and scare stories put about by those who want to sell you something or out of sheer ignorance.

It annoys me as the vultures circle around the Windows xp users trying to woo or scare them into buying their products rather than give them the advice they actually need to make an informed choice of what to do next.

There is one major flaw in these people arguments that Windows xp will not be secure after Microsoft redraw their support, would hold out if the current versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems were secure themselves even with constant updates. But the truth is even with the constant updates and up to date security software not one of the Microsoft Windows operating systems are that secure.

Myself from personal experience on a Tech Desk we now see far more post Windows xp computers than actual Windows xp computers which have been infected with viruses and malware regardless of the claim of Microsoft that their newer operating systems are more secure, it is simply not true.

The other lie that is going around it is cheaper and easier for a Microsoft Windows xp user to upgrade to Windows 8 than other operating systems which frankly is not true. In truth it is going to be as difficult either way for the Microsoft Windows xp user to upgrade up to new operating system full stop.

Either way a Windows xp user is going to have problems with any software they used on their old system in so much either way they are going to have to invest in new software to run on their new computers whatever route they take. Something forgotten by those who are claiming the Microsoft Windows 8 route is easiest way to upgrade as in the case of Microsoft Office this is not a cheap option which can certainly add to the costs of upgrading. Basically they want to gloss over such matters until they have the poor Windows xp in the process of actually upgrading.

Strangely mostly because of need of computers of all types to interchange data more easily the least problem the Windows xp user will have is transferring their data to the new computer.

Though if the Linux route is taken by Windows xp user it has one advantage in so much they can use their existing hardware and Open Source software so in the end, with some help, is the cheapest route to go. There is a bonus in the long term as it will also save the windows xp user more money and they end up with a more secure system.

As for staying with windows xp to be frank considering the major security issues the later versions of Microsoft Windows currently suffer, something Microsoft and it’s retailers play down, frankly currently it is no worse than upgrading to newer version of Windows. Though one thing windows xp users will have to contend with is newer software running on their computers simply not working as developers use newer features within the Windows Operating system itself. In the end it will be this which is more highly likely force the Windows xp user to upgrade.

In conclusion, contrary to the propaganda by Microsoft and those who sell Microsoft products, regardless if the Windows xp user decides to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, Apple or even Linux all are going to be as difficult as each other for different reasons.

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Using Windows 8 With Anger!

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At work today I had the misfortune to try to set up customer computers running Microsoft Windows 8 something I did with little success mainly because I really could not get on with the new desktop after using older Windows and various Linux Distributions.

I could not get on with Windows 8 desktop as it simply is not usable, intuitive or even remotely friendly to use if you want to do anything closely linked to maintenance of your computer. Those of us who have used Windows in the past know that to keep a Windows Computer running at it’s best you need to constantly maintain the operating system to keep it running at it’s optimum speed.

Don’t get me wrong Windows 8 is great for using the computer but that is assuming you did not want to do anything remotely cleaver or to do with maintenance. Then Windows 8 shows it’s greatest weakness in so much it is a confusing to use to a point it is almost impossible to navigate around the computer other than doing a search which frankly an arse about tit way to navigate around a computer operating system. It at this point you discover just what a real pain a lack of a real menu system is on the new Windows operating system.

In the for me and a lot others Windows 8 is not a pleasure to use as the previous windows but a chore and if any thing so user unfriendly myself and other simply cannot be bothered or want to buy machines loaded with Windows 8.

If anything in effort to produce a cleaver, innovative looking operating system in Windows 8 all Microsoft have done is produced an operating system which makes computing and computer use a chore not the fun it should be!


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Who Told Everyone Windows was the Standard Operating System?

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The question that has to ask who told everyone in the first place that Microsoft Windows was the industry standard operating system?

As those of us who have worked for years in the information technology industry especially on the development side certainly have not anyone within the industry itself who have actually said this!

I suspect it is one of these myths perpetuated by Microsoft itself and those high up in the information technology industry who fell for the marketing of Microsoft or even blatantly bribed by them.

The real truth is Microsoft Windows has always been and will be one of large number of personal computer to mainframe operating systems used by the information industry and it’s customers. The only reason it has even become more important that it actually is, is because of general public perception du to lack of choice in the retail market.

All very cleaver on Microsoft’s part but far from the truth as Windows is one of many operating system not the industry standard used by the information industry!


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Interesting Times Ahead for Microsoft in Business

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It could be very interesting times ahead for Microsoft on the business side of computing market especially with their latest release of operating system Windows 8 which still is not widely used in the business as businesses are only just upgrading to Windows 7 most putting off the upgrade to Windows 8.

What is coming clear is that from people who actually use Windows 8 both in a business and development environment it is poorly suited for such uses as Windows 8 makes such use very difficult indeed even if everything is left on a cloud.

Basically Windows 8 is a good operating system for a tablet and touch screen devices but as a serious operating system and on non-touch laptops it is extremely poor operating system because it is not that easy to use when you need to do something a little more interesting. This is also true of Windows 8.1 which is much the same as the previous operating system with a start button and few little useful tweaks.

This will spell trouble for Microsoft’s Windows 8 within the business and development environments in the future even if Microsoft try to encourage business users towards and cloud environment after all it lack of real stability and ease of use is not going to go down well in such environments. Plus add to this companies who have spent millions of pounds/dollars on server systems are not going to reinvest in a cloud based system just because Microsoft say they should. They may be a big company but once again they are going to find other companies do not like being forced to change and will kick back. Microsoft has learnt this lesson in the past when companies nearly dropped their operating system because Microsoft wanted to force companies to upgrade on a change of operating system.

In conclusion Microsoft will have to do something about Windows 8 to make it more attractive and usable in a business abd development environments as in it current state it is next to useless and not stable for such environments. If they fail to do so they will open the flood gates for use of Open Source Operating Systems and Software especially in Europe which is already occurring as I write this.

This could be possible end of Microsoft as a serious contender within the business and development environments if they fail to change their current direction!


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Microsoft Current Success is False!

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Microsoft’s seemly success which has resulted in an increase of it’s profits is all false as simply is not sold in a real free and open market within the retail sector of both in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Simply put between both the retailers who too afraid to do anything new and Microsoft literacy bribing the retailers and manufacturers to only make and sell computers running the windows operating system which has resulted in the fact that the customer get no other choice but windows computers.

So in the end because of this lack of choice really dampens any real success Microsoft has in the market place as any competition has been suppressed in the retail market itself. It would be interesting to see how Microsoft could actually cope with a real open market in computers.

I doubt if they could survive long in their current form as in a real open market of tablets Microsoft are struggling against likes of Apple, Android and beyond simply because the products they produce simply are not special and if anything very underwhelming.

If the consumers were given the same informed choice of operating systems on computers in general I really doubt Microsoft would be as successful as customers really would like an alternative to Windows 8.1 as a large majority users simply dislike it.

Personally it is high time the computer market was opened up and governments both in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States forced the retailers to open up the market to remove the strangle hold of Microsoft and give customers a real choice within the retail market!


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Is Microsoft a Spent Force?

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As Microsoft woes continue continue to multiply not helped by poor management and business strategy over the past few years under it’s CEO Steve Ballmer I think I am not only one who is starting to wonder if Microsoft even has a real and viable future as a vendor of computer operating systems or office systems.

After all both Open Source operating systems and software, especially in Europe, is snapping at it’s heals as people both within and outside of the computer industry are slowly switching on to the fact that open source gives them the stability, flexibility and most important cost effectiveness that Microsoft could never give them.

Add to this Microsoft’s failure under Steve Ballmer to actually be innovative and move forward concentrating on it existing it’s legacy operating system and office systems. Then rather than modifying them they change the front ends in an attempt to give them a more modern look in the hope that people keep buying their legacy software.

Only now is Microsoft by buying sections of Nokia which create their smart phones, creation of the Surface tablet and producing Microsoft branded products is trying to move forward but I suspect that all this is far too late for Microsoft who have missed the boat of the Smart phone and Tablet market as other companies who actually were on the ball, including Google and Samsung, have made great strives forward in the same time.

I must not be only one, including investors in Microsoft, think that it will take a miracle for Microsoft to get themselves out the hole it has dug itself into and certainly will not do it under the current leadership of Steve Ballmer. It is certainly going to take more than just buying companies who create smart phones and tablet technology for Microsoft to get out of it current malaise but a fundamental way it does it’s business and develops it’s products with an eye for the future and not for quick profit as it currently does.

At the moment Microsoft’s future is far from rosy as it is regarded as a legacy computer company producing legacy operating systems and office systems with rejuvenated front ends to make them look more modern. All this is a background of the growing force of more innovative open source software revolution makes Microsoft’s future in current state very uncertain indeed!

Microsoft is Losing it!

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Microsoft’s current battle with Google over their YouTube application which simply broke Google rules over applications make even more comical that Microsoft are accusing Google of not being open enough to allow Microsoft to write the applications their way.

All this regardless of the fact that all other companies who write applications for Google are very happy to follow the rules Google lays down for application creation with little or no problems.

So why does Microsoft think it is special case in the first place?

One again it shows the sheer arrogance of Microsoft who still believe they are above the rules even with the biggest internet company in the world Google. All made worse by Microsoft’s pathetic machinations that Google is making it impossible to work with them all made even more ironic as Microsoft used such tactics in the past to destroy their competitors. But unlike Google who have not needed to bend the rules in Microsoft’s case Microsoft did bend and chance the rules to destroy their competitors!

Microsoft’s complaints are falling on deaf ears both in Google and beyond as people have long memories so have little real sympathy over their plight as Microsoft’s past action has finally caught up with them.

The most apt sayings for Microsoft’s situation is ‘Those who use the Sword will die by the Sword’ and ‘You reap what you sow’!

Of cause this whole situation has been aggravated by the fact Microsoft’s operating system on their tablets simply cannot cope with the world wide standard of HTML5. Once again Microsoft’s arrogance and high handed views of world wide standards has sown the seeds of their own problems.

This fact that Microsoft’s tablet operating systems cannot cope with HTML5 does not bode well for them as now HTML5 and CSS3 are now started to be widely used on web pages which means potentially Microsoft’s tablets could have major problems with large number of web pages on the internet something users will not thank Microsoft for!

Once again this shows Microsoft is having real problem finding it way and identity in the modern computer world to a point less people both inside and outside of the industry are starting to question Microsoft’s dominance even if it products are really needed of fit in with their needs.

Microsoft Have Become Spy-masters!

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This week a BBC story has claimed that Microsoft have put in a whole series of back doors within Skype so the NSA based in United States via PRISM can spy on everyone using Skype all under the pretence by the NSA they are spying on potential terrorists.

But with previous reputation of the NSA even within the United States few people believe the NSA as they have the reputation of spying on everyone regardless if they are a terrorist or not plus unlike the European Intelligence Services they are poorly regulated and controlled by United States government while European Intelligence Services have to work within a structured set of laws and rules or directly answer to the law if they do not.

By doing this Microsoft regardless of the excuse they were compelled by law to do so have broken a fundamental trust between the user and itself by allowing a third party to eavesdrop on private conversation and potentially have broken a large number of privacy laws both in the United States and Europe.

Add to this the fact they have allowed this to happen they have given more ammunition to the Linux and Open Source camp within Europe and it’s governments to remove Microsoft computers from both their government departments and beyond. After all Europe, including the United Kingdom, do not take kindly to the United States spying on them as they are supposed to be allies not enemies as after all you tend to spy on enemies not allies as it shows a distrust of your allies.

I think after these revaluations this week about Microsoft a lot of people like myself must be starting to wonder if Microsoft software in it’s present form should be allowed to be sold or used outside of the United States as it very presence does break so many privacy and potentially freedom of speech rights in large parts of the free world!

Plus I think it is time we outside of the United States have to start to question the United States Federal Government’s actions spying on foreign nationals within both the United Kingdom and Europe as it strikes me and others like me as attack on our freedoms by a country which claims to be the bastion of freedom and freedom of speech.

After all why is the United States spying on it Allies?

As a final note I and others know already our own governments within United Kingdom and Europe are monitoring the internet and the such but unlike the United States we trust them more as they have been doing for decades to fight the active terrorist here plus they have far more governmental control here and doing it for the right reasons to keep our societies safe from terrorist attack!

The Surface? Yet Another Tablet?

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Finally the Microsoft’s Surface appeared in the Computer Store I worked in some months after it’s release here in the United Kingdom. It was welcomed by a lot of people who worked there with usual ohs and ahas as all new products arrive in store. But soon became oh yet another tablet for us to sell as it frankly was nothing special in the end.

My personal opinion the appearance of the Microsoft’s Surface in our store is far too late to capture big sales or cause an impact as both Apple and Android tablets who have already got the tablet market nearly sown up already so it is going to take something special to change that. Frankly the Microsoft’s Surface really has not got it to stand out from the crowd after all everyone already seen Windows 8 on computers and not been welcomed with open arms by all users.

In the end Microsoft’s Surface is just going to be yet another tablet in already saturated market with nothing to make it stand out. It would of helped if Microsoft had released the Surface earlier in the United Kingdom especially before Christmas when it might of made inroads into the Tablet market.

A Growing Frustration with Microsoft!

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It strikes me that even within the IT Industry itself there is a growing frustration with Microsoft especially with it’s last release Windows 8 which has had a very indifferent reception from both users and industry alike. If anything a lot of people have been very disappointed by Windows 8 with a large number of reviewers openly slating Windows 8 even with a number of major gaming companies and hardware manufactures now are seriously looking into alternatives to Microsoft Windows machines.

I think the source of frustration is the fact since Microsoft released Windows xp Microsoft have not produced an operating system which has been a true improvement. I think I am not only one who must of noticed that to run newer Microsoft operating systems you need more basic resources, including ram, just to run them.

Add to this the disaster of Windows Vista and complete breaking of their own rules with Windows 8 I sense there is a real frustration with Microsoft which simply failed to improved their operating system since Windows xp in real terms.

While other major companies move forward with new technologies and ideas Microsoft seams to be in terrible malaise of it’s own making out of which it simply fails to light up the world any more as it did in it’s early days. The evidence of it’s own internal troubles come from the resignations of number of it’s high level executives end of last year along with constant stories coming out of Microsoft about major problems with it’s own internal corporate troubles both of which have muted Microsoft as an innovator and leader in the IT Industry.

Some of us remember when Microsoft was the first real leader and innovator of Personal Computers in so much they created an operating system which made computers accessible to wider range of users. They did help to create the first Personal Computers.

But that is not the Microsoft of today which is more of a Corporate Giant who will keep its domination at any cost including at the expense of it’s innovative nature so now Microsoft is far from a leading light in IT Industry and if anything starting to look very old fashioned and backwards looking.

Personally Microsoft should wake up and strive to regain the life it had in it’s early days because if it does not the growing frustration with Microsoft will turn to people starting to turn away from Microsoft and look for viable alternatives!

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