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April 1, 2009  3:07 PM

Windows XP: The clock is ticking

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Support, vista, XP

I've just been on the phone to Gartner, which is advising businesses to think about their long-term migration plans from Windows XP to Windows 7. Why now? Windows XP is a stable operating sytsem and businesses are reluctant to upgrade to Vista.

But on April 14, Windows XP moves from...

March 4, 2009  2:14 PM

The true cost of Windows Vista

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Microsoft, vista, Windows, XP

Microsoft could be losing billions of dollars in terms of lost earnings because Vista is not backwards compatible with Windows XP. As a result, businesses are not risking upgrading from Windows XP. Mainstream support for XP ends on April 14, yet most businesses are likely to carry on using it...

July 16, 2008  10:07 PM

Sony paints corporate image for designer Vaio

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
air, Apple, MacBook, Sony, vaio, XP

This afternoon I was at the launch of a family of business laptop PCs from Sony.  Powered by the latest generation of Intel Centrino and Core Duo chips, the new Sony Vaios offer...

June 12, 2008  10:14 AM

Windows 2012 wishlist

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
vista, XP

I still run Windows XP SP2 at home and at work. I'm pretty happy with the performance of the OS on my three year old hardware and it does all the things I expect from an OS.


I would upgrade, but Vista seems too unwieldy and has many feature - which I may one day find useful...

April 30, 2008  7:49 PM

Skip Vista – you know it makes sense

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Dell, HP, PC, upgrade, vista, XP

With the first service pack now available, I wonder how many businesses are going to be upgrading to Vista? Not many it seems. Some businesses are not at all keen on Vista. Let's face it, what's the best way to break a modern PC...install Vista. All the tweaks Microsoft has made to make its...

April 15, 2008  6:53 PM

Rebuilding the eeePC

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
eeePC, XP

This weekend, after I returned from my trip to Pau I tried updating the eeePC to see if I could install an open source video editor like Kdenlive. The eeePC has built-in webcam video camera which produces OGG files. I thought it would really, really neat if I...

March 26, 2008  9:11 AM

Windows XP SP3 or Vista SP1?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
SP1, SP3, vista, XP

The next service pack of Windows XP is due out soon. The big question is whether you should upgrade. If you don't update Windows XP then what's the worst that could happen? You could find that a hole in XP might get exploited by a hacker. Sure this is a risk, but that may not be so bad, since you...

January 2, 2008  12:39 PM

2008: the year for Vista?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
vista, Windows, XP

Since I began writing about operating systems, some 16 years ago, every release of a Microsoft operating system I have witnessed has promised greater productivity. Productivity...and how exactly do you measure that? Arguably, the Windows application programming interface has evolved with each...

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