Windows XP, the next climate forcing?
Stacey writes in tips and notes:
Next Year Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. Many companies will need to purchase new computers to run Windows 8. This will result in millions of perfectly working older machines being trashed. Part of Microsoft's statement on Climate Change follows, the irony is obvious:-
Climate change is a serious challenge that requires a comprehensive and global response from all sectors of society. To address it, Microsoft is committed to measuring, transparently reporting, and reducing the carbon footprint of our own operations. We are also pursuing opportunities with our partners to increase the energy efficiency of computing.
While energy efficiency is important, long-term solutions to climate change will require dramatic innovations to transition the world to a sustainable low-carbon economy while expanding substantially the number of people who have access to electricity. Software will play a key role in enabling this transformation. Microsoft is working to apply information technology innovation to help people and businesses around the world address climate change. We are also supporting research efforts on this topic being conducted by leading environmental groups, scientists, and governments around the world.