BFNPCW, on 15 April 2012 - 02:43 PM, said:
I agree with Gibbs. He is not saying that Microsoft is obligated to support XP and other older software forever.
He is saying that if enough people are still using it (I use XP Pro as my OS and I love it) then why not just release it as Open Source?
Release the software and Source Code, and Gibbs is right, many people will start to work on solutions to keep it safe and useable.
Fred Langa proposed this years ago. He said that if a company has clearly made all the money from that version of their software, then why not release it to the public. His argument was not to make it open source, but to simply release it free for use. Those who NEED more power will buy the newer version, particularly if MS offers an attractive upgrade route from the older free released version.
Those who can not afford to buy the new OS or software version won't buy ANYWAY, so what is MS losing? Nothing. It is not like they are going to make one single more dollar on an old OS Or software platform in sales, and they certainly will NOT be getting any additional $ from those who do not have the money to BUY their NEW software, so how would it hurt them? It wouldn't.
Actually, it could help them a LOT, because it would allow those who do have a need to FIND an increased need for the goodies in their advanced software, and they would likely make sales that they would not have made otherwise, from those who DO upgrade.
It's a win win, in my view.
The only thing is that, if you offer the older version for free, some people will figure that there's no reason to buy Windows 7 (yes, I know that newer PCs come with win7, but perhaps for bootcamp or virtualization purposes...). Plus, people who don't really want to learn how to do things in Win7 will see no reason to stick with it, and thus will stick with an older, outdated OS. That said, I doubt that's much of an issue, and opensourcing the OS would certainly be cool.
This post has been edited by LiveBrianD: 15 April 2012 - 04:00 PM