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Reprint of a 2014 article because “There will always be one more emergency.”

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      I’m not really sure what you are saying here. Are you saying that a company should support its software indefinitely? Or that a company should state when the software will expire before releasing it? I don’t mean to imply the article is good, just that it’s unclear to me how you think this all should work.

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        Products like this shouldn’t come with expiration dates.

        Do you expect MS to provide support for it even millennia from now?

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          I certainly expect it to happen however I agree with the author, “supporting” legacy systems just incentivizes people to keep using them.

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            On top of putting networking + TLS in MS-DOS, updating VisiCalc on Mac for VB6, putting DirectX in Windows 3.1, getting the Alpha ISA online on NT family… lots of work keeping their old stuff modernized and updated indefinitely.

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            The patches are called “Windows Vista”, “Windows 7”, “Windows 8”, and “Windows 10”. Vista came out in 2006.

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                I mean, when you’re using Windows, you’re signing up for an operating system with a recurring cost. If you want an operating system without a recurring cost, Linux and the BSDs exist. macOS’ updates are also free, though if you go that route you have to upgrade the hardware once new versions of the OS stops supporting it.

                Microsoft decided their operating system is a recurring cost.