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Microsoft increases cost of Enterprise products across the board

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    We have an application that is still actively developed by the vendor that requires SQL2000 compatibility. Well, we're moving to SQL2012, which no longer has compatibility that far back. For that, and many other reasons, we're migrating to a different product.

    What gets me is that these vendors always act surprised that their stuff doesn't work after the latest version of Windows/IE/SQL/Whatever is released. It's as if they ignore the fact that there are at least a years worth of CTP and Beta releases. Add to that the fact that for stuff like the SQL2000 compatibility, Microsoft has been telling developers that it's going away for a long time. There's always several stages.

    1. You shouldn't use feature/API x
    2. You shouldn't use feature/API x, because we're going to deprecate it
    3. You shouldn't use feature/API x, because it's now deprecated
    4. You shouldn't use feature/API x, because it's now deprecated and we're going to remove it altogether
    5. You can't use feature/API x, because it's gone

    Yet, vendors seem to miss all of this and then act indignant when their stuff doesn't work.

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    , jinx101 wrote

    ... people do like it but not when they're forced to re-learn 10 years of knowing where something is with no real gain. 

    That's the essence of the Win8 issue for many existing desktop/laptop users and for many businesses with large desktop/laptop installations.

    It's not so much that Win8 on the desktop is 'all bad' (although it definitely has some real 'issues' to be sorted) but that after spending time to re-learn how to do things, you gain... what? i.e. For many, it's just pain for no gain.

    In the organisation I work for, we looked at it that way... what are we going to gain in upgrading from Win7 to Win8 and what is is going to cost us in lost productivity, user dissatisfaction (albeit excuses in some cases), re-training of support staff, etc? It just didn't stack up.

    We have decided to sit out the Win8 cycle, and stay with Win7, which works well for us. The added benefit (to us) is that purchasing will be based purely on the need for hardware, rather than as a path to a new software platform - pretty much the same as we did for the Vista cycle, although the reasons were slightly different - so we will be buying less.

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