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And the "SQL Server 'Denali' Must/Must Not Support XP" Debate Goes On

A couple of interesting announcement were made since I wrote about how some developers were clamoring for Windows XP support in the next version of SQL Server, code-name Denali.

First, in a Monday keynote address at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), the company announced that XP's "end of life" would occur in 1,000 days, on April 8, 2014.

Second, on the same day, at the same event, Microsoft announced the availability of the Community Technology Preview 3 of Denali. It's getting closer and closer to final release.

The XP/Denali debate continued on Microsoft's site after my blog was published, with readers chiming in on the issue even though the post announcing that XP wouldn't be supported was nearly a month old. "I'm going to disagree with the crowd, I think support for XP should be put in place," commented one reader last Friday.

The lively exchange among readers continued in the comments on my blog post, with a mix of opinions. "Obviously seems wrong to support something that's now obsolete," wrote one reader. "Time to cut the cord," wrote another. "Definitely Windows XP has to be supported," wrote yet another.

So it's still a hot-button issue, even though, with the Denali CTP3, the point seems moot.

Me? I've come down firmly right in the middle of the fence. I still have an XP machine, and it works fine with several modern apps. And a couple years ago, I was still advocating XP as the best OS in a debate with three other journalists on another IT publication's Web site.

But I also have a Win 7 machine, and I love some of its more advanced features. And with the economy imploding, even cash-rich Microsoft has to pick its support spots these days.

As I write this, though, I notice my XP desktop lies dormant at my feet, while for quite some time I've had its monitor plugged into my Win 7 laptop for dual-display.

I guess I've fallen off the fence.

What do you think? Comment here or drop me a line.

Posted by David Ramel on 07/14/2011 at 1:15 PM


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Reader Comments:

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 JD

XP is mature and stable. How can we make money with an OS that has few issues and new bugs? What real users want isn't important. What is essential is that XP users are forced into a new environment that needs our labor. This is about a supply of new problems so that we can keep our jobs.

Fri, Jul 15, 2011 Luiz South America

Yep... windows xp its very obsolete... I believe it is a good ideia to not suport in the next sql for these reasons: 1) expensive to develop XP due the special xp conditions. 2) many ppl already have change to vista/win7. 3) xp doesnt support new pcs, its ALMOST dead. Only regular pcs (non-developer pcs) still has xp installed.

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