After today, Microsoft will discontinue sales of its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers; this despite protests lodged at InfoWorld’s ad-impaired Save XP petition page.
Meanwhile, the world of Linux continues to overlook major marketing opportunities – this time missing a chance to dance on XP’s grave by not planning and then announcing releases for any and preferably ALL ‘distro-butions’ today.
Why? Because as long as you have a browser, and in many cases an up-to-date mobile phone with good data services, then you don’t have to worry about jumping through some of the potentially hazardous and most definately expensive flaming hoops required to ‘enjoy’ operating system paradigm shifts.
For example, you can still get XP once you realize Vista will choke your current hardware platform, but only if you first buy Vista and then “downgrade” to XP (nothing like giving the customer what they want).
Instead, if your laypersons and/or church staff are running a variety of computers on a mix of Mac, Ubuntu, or even Windows 2000 systems, no problem. There are many tasty selections from todayâ€™s cornucopia of online office ‘sweets’ that offer collaboration capabilities that will not only allow everyone to work-n-play well together remotely, but will also save your budget from all the Advil required to deal with operating system update-induced migraines.
That and think of the gas everyone will save when you can hold meetings via products such as Skype and collaborate on documents via Google Apps Education Edition; the later provided to registered non-profits with current 501(c)(3) status free-of-charge.
Bottom line, quit thinking desktop and get that office-ware and associated operations into the collaborative web space.