End of XP is great news for Android & iOS

Why exactly do you need a desktop PC instead of a tablet or smartphone?

A great deal is being written about Microsoft ending ‘Extended Support’ for Windows XP today [April 8th 2014]. A great deal of it is mere scaremongering and reminiscent of the Millennium bug which never actually wreaked havoc. The software giant might have shot itself in the foot, however. If you look carefully at what the analysts are saying, they are actually advocating going mobile without truly appreciating it. For example, take this quote from Richard Edwards, principal analyst for enterprise mobility & productivity software at Ovum, “Compared to smartphones and tablet devices, PC operating system upgrades are an ugly affair.” Exactly. It’s not actually time to think about upgrading from XP, it’s time to ask yourself, “Why exactly do I have a desktop again?”

As Mr Edwards says, “There are now many more options and alternatives to be considered: – Windows 7 versus Windows 8; tablet versus PC; and Android versus iPad.”

This comment from Alan Ritchie,  md with PC World Business, is typical of a blinked approach to the XP problem.

He says, “Newer operating systems have been designed to capitalise on the latest trends, including mobile working.”

“For example, compatibility with the latest cloud apps, such as Microsoft Office 365, provides users with the ability to remote work, as well as collaborate with colleagues while on the move.”

Ritchie is probably thinking of Windows 8 when he says “Newer operating systems.” Why not just use a true mobile OS like Android or iOS instead?

The security software companies in particular are keen to stress the dangers from ‘patches’ no longer being made available for XP users.

But there are plenty of good (and free) security suites available for mobile devices running Android, for example.

It suffers more from malware probably because it is more widely used than iOS rather than any inherent vulnerability.

The only piece of really useful advice GoMo News has spotted came from Nigel Powell in the Sunday Times.

“Change your default XP login from an admin account to the more limited user account,” he advises.

“That way, should any malware sneak past, it will be able to do far less damage.” More info here.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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