Funeral for Windows XP at edgemo in Farum

posted Apr 10, 2014, 3:55 AM by Niels Jensen
On the very day on which Microsoft finally pulled the plug on what has properly been its most successfull OS to date Safepark Consultancy attended a funeral event at edgemo, which a local IT consultant and hardware facilitater with a focus on Microsoft and Citrix.

After a welcome by the CEO in a Danish pastors outfit Claus from Microsoft Denmark talked about the consequences of Windows XP EOL. In his presentation he mentioned a number of Microsoft tools, which could help getting to a newer and more modern platform. The first is the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), which is free and the current version 5.6 also runs on Windows XP provided you have Service Pack 3 installed and also .NET Framework version 3.5. Claus also spoke for the update to Windows 8.1, which re-introduce a feature to bypass the modern GUI, and go back to the well known desktop with start menu - in a very configurable edition. The next big Microsoft EOL will be Windows Server 2003 in July 2015. Currently the number of 2003 servers in Denmark are counted in thousands, and for those wanted a planned migration to a newer platform the advice was: Start the process now!

Since I got access to my first personal computer at DTU in the early 90's we have seen quite a number of windows edtions: Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me - all GUI's based on DOS - and they have been put to rest some time ago. This Windows XP EOL is part of a series, which started with Windows NT 3.1 around the time of Windows 3.1. Version of Windows after the start of the new millenium are all based on NT: Windows 2000 (Februar 2000), Windows XP (October 2001), Windows Vista (November 2006), Windows 7 (July 2009) and Windows 8 (October 2012). If one look at this time-line, then it is somewhat surprising to hear, that we can expect to see Windows 9 within the next 12 months.

If you haven't allready migrated away from Windows XP, then you can improve your protection by tools such as AppSense Application Manager, which appear similar to Apparmor from openSUSE, or AppDNA, which will become a part of XenApp from Citrix.

The half day seminar ended with lunch and funeral-beer - a Danish custom to drink beer at any occasion.

An alternative to migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8, which runs but barely on our Lenovo ideaPad S-10-2, could be a migration to openSUSE 13.1, which is a free download from www.opensuse.org, and comes with a new KDE GUI aimed at small screens and the latest verison of LibreOffice - my favorite tool for opening old textprocessing files, such as WordPerfect and WordPro. Unfortunately old Lotus 1-2-3 files are not handled as weel, but then Gnemeric, which is also part of openSUSE, stands ready to fill the gap.

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