About 60% of the 5000 odd users of our product still use XP (it is not long since we had to support Win98). So I still use XP and am well happy with it. We have Vista and Win7 as VMs for testing environments to support our more adventurous clients. So I can't see Windows 8 on the horizon any time soon. I suspect that for many of our clients Linux would be a prefered option to Windows 8 - we've certainly had a few more requests since Windows 8 started to see the light of day.
If Microsoft want to switch from the Desktop market to the Mobile market, then Windows 8 may be a good way for them to go, but it also seems to distance them from the Desktop market. They proceed down that path at their peril.
I am kind of in the same boat. We have sold thousand of systems with our stuff running on Windows XP embedded. We are working on a plan for moving to Win 8 Embedded (or whatever it is called), but for the time being, XPe is working for us.
I could (should) have upgraded my own system to Windows 7 long ago, but since you cannot upgrade from XP to Windows 7 without a full re-install of all your programs, I have been putting it off.
I am now starting to heavily use Linux at home for my personal development projects at home. Busy learning C++ with Qt for desktop and Python and PHP for the web.
Leading to the conclusion that I will soon have no need for Windows and its absolutely closedness of AppStore or whatever they call it. So unless I get it at my current MS platform work, there is very little chance I will get Win8.
I use MacOS as primary OS, and Windows on a VM (for Visual Studio, SQL Server and IE). This machine is "just" a 2 Duo Core, so "just" 2 "single" cores.
After I make a new VM with Windows 8, MacOS had been freed 700MB of it's RAM, so my old W7 VM with 1GB of RAM now is a W8 with 1,4GB of RAM, and MacOS has more 300MB free. W8 is more agile on a VM than W7 (also with 1GB).
And now, weeks later, I'm using it in a SSD HD exclusively for windows VM as a secondary MacBook Pro HD. Sweeeet!
Although I have tested windows 8 on a few development boxes and I see the OS is solid and boots much faster than windows 7, when the trial period ends I will not be upgrading any system until there is a way to fully turn Aero back on. I really hate the square windows no transparency look of the years past that has been implemented. I also do not like the split personality between the ModernUI and the desktop UI. Although as a desktop user I do not see any use of the ModernUI on a high end system with a large monitor. I do certainly not want my applications to use the entire display so I would prefer a way to totally disable the ModernUI and just go with the windows 7 desktop experience instead of the windows 2000 experience + ModernUI.
I got my copy of Windows 8 today at http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/ for 15 euros. I had a legit version of Seven bought in early October, but it seems that anyway the installation process trusts your words and it checks nothing.
...I'll be able to go directly to Windows 9. Approximately every other Windows version seems to be sh*t, and I have no great faith in Windows 8. On the other hand, I really like Windows 7, so I see no reason to not use that for as long as possible.
I'm also kinda tired of switching software versions all the friggin' time. In my opinion, versions change far too often. It would be ok if it was basically the same software with better features only, but Microsoft seems intent on reinventing the software every time they change versions as well...
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