Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows XP, hasn’t received the warmest reception from TechRepublic members.
TechRepublic member Flashtube said in one discussion, “Microsoft is only worried about making money and plenty of it. I don't think we need several more buggy OSs floating around the world causing havoc.”
Jppascoe joined the discussion by adding: “Based on conversations I've had with other techs, nobody else here sees the point in trying to upgrade to XP.”
While many TechRepublic members denounce XP, the OS is here, and sooner or later, you’ll likely have to explain why you think your organization should or should not make the move.
These TechRepublic resources can help you make an informed decision about XP. Be sure to check out the discussions and survey links that follow for a look at what your peers are saying about XP.
- “Five things every IT pro needs to know about Windows XP”: TechRepublic columnist Ed Bott lists what you need to know before making the move to XP. The article includes five tips to help you adjust to the new OS.
- “What’s new in Microsoft’s Office XP?”: Want to know what the changes are? Here's a quick overview of what you can expect from the Microsoft XP Office suite.
- “Windows XP: New GUI design shows skin is in”: Windows XP has a slightly altered user interface than other Microsoft OSs. In this article, learn what’s different about the new UI.
- “Windows XP will provide fertile ground for DDoS attacks”: Windows XP Home Edition could launch a nightmare for security experts. XP now includes a full implementation of TCP/IP raw sockets, which will provide hackers with more avenues of attack.
Surveys and discussions
We’ve asked the TechRepublic community about XP on several occasions. The results of our polls and discussions show that most of you are staying away from XP for now. Read the following articles to learn more.
- ”Does Windows XP's release date change your plans to upgrade?” Microsoft will release Windows XP in October. But our Polling Place results suggest that you aren't changing your plans because of it.
- ”Have you skipped a Windows 2000 upgrade in favor of XP?” We asked if you would skip upgrading to Windows 2000 and go straight to Windows XP. Your answer: a resounding no.
- ”How many of your clients will you migrate to Windows XP during the next year?” The fanfare about Windows XP has been difficult to miss. This poll suggests that even IT consultants are staying away from XP.
- “What effect will Windows XP have on PC sales?” PC sales have been dropping off recently, but will the arrival of Windows XP reverse the trend? Most of you don’t think so.
- “Upgrade to Windows 2000, wait for XP, or pass on both?” Jeers and cheers for XP flow through the almost 300 posts to this article. Take a look and add your two cents worth to the discussion.
What’s your take on XP?
We’ve heard from many members, but have we heard from you? Give us your take on XP. Is it a welcome addition to the Microsoft OS family? Will you be making the move to XP? Let us know by starting a discussion below or sending us an e-mail.