Obviously not he clearly said
OEMs for the equipment we support finally updated their proprietary applications to work properly with XP.
That is Hardware not Software and every time I have run into this there is no Alternative. Be that for Laser Leveling Equipment around Earth Work Sites that allow you to scrape earth away to within 2cm of the design saving you a lot of money in wasted fuel and backfilling to Medical Equipment.
You know little unimportant things like Ultrasound Machines, CAT Scanners, MRI Devices. These things cost tens of thousands and they are the cheap ones. God forbid you want to replace a MRI Unit because it has an older OS for the reporting software. Sure I have several Million just because the bit of hardware I bought yesterday doesn't work on Win 8 and I only spent several Million to buy it and I don't really expect it to pay for itself let alone make a profit for me. Yea Sure as if that will ever happen.
In Nick's case he supports POS Equipment If the maker doesn't support newer OS then you are stuck with what the Maker Supports. And quite often there is a very good reason why the Software for these devices is not rewritten quicker.
I have one Medical Application that is used by a couple of clients which specifically said that running it on any newer Server Platform that 2003 and not 2003 R2 may result in Broken Allege Reporting. You can read that as the Doctor Prescribing Drugs/Medication whichever you prefer would not be informed of an Allergy that the Patient had and could easily prescribe a Problem Drug which resulted in an Adverse Medical Outcome which in Layman Terms means that the Patient Died.
There is only one other Piece of Software that could be used as this stuff needs to be Certified for Use by the Authorities or you can run the risk of using Uncertified Software and being in Court every Second Day for some perceived problem by the Legal Profession when there is a complaint about something or you can use what the Authorities say is working properly and at the very least have the Legal People going after the Authorities who Certify the Software instead of you.
Yep I can just see a bunch of Doctors willing to expose themselves to so much Literation.
The Real World Reality is that every time you Do Not have any choice that is Financially Possible to follow.
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