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XP is dead – Linux community misses marketing opportunity

RIP Windows XP - October 2001 to June 2008After today, Microsoft will discontinue sales of its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers; this despite protests lodged at InfoWorld’s ad-impaired Save XP petition page.

Meanwhile, the world of Linux continues to overlook major marketing opportunities – this time missing a chance to dance on XP’s grave by not planning and then announcing releases for any and preferably ALL ‘distro-butions’ today.

So what does this mean for your church and/or charity organization? For me it is just another reason why Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions such as Zoho and/or ThinkFree.

Why? Because as long as you have a browser, and in many cases an up-to-date mobile phone with good data services, then you don’t have to worry about jumping through some of the potentially hazardous and most definately expensive flaming hoops required to ‘enjoy’ operating system paradigm shifts.

For example, you can still get XP once you realize Vista will choke your current hardware platform, but only if you first buy Vista and then “downgrade” to XP (nothing like giving the customer what they want).

Why bother?

A comparative cornucopia of online office ’sweets’Instead, if your laypersons and/or church staff are running a variety of computers on a mix of Mac, Ubuntu, or even Windows 2000 systems, no problem. There are many tasty selections from today’s cornucopia of online office ‘sweets’ that offer collaboration capabilities that will not only allow everyone to work-n-play well together remotely, but will also save your budget from all the Advil required to deal with operating system update-induced migraines.

That and think of the gas everyone will save when you can hold meetings via products such as Skype and collaborate on documents via Google Apps Education Edition; the later provided to registered non-profits with current 501(c)(3) status free-of-charge.

Bottom line, quit thinking desktop and get that office-ware and associated operations into the collaborative web space.

5 Comments

  1. While I agree with you that SaaS is a great concept and has been implemented by some companies very well (Zoho comes to mind) can you really trust company X with your possibly confidential data? Or what if company X goes under? I think a lot of research has to be done by all parties making the decision to go with SaaS solely because you may be painting yourself into a corner that may be very difficult to get out of.

    That being said, I fear for my church as they will eventually have to “upgrade” to Vista at some time in the future due to not having a true IT department that can research the alternatives. I foresee a lot of wasted money and resources making things work sufficiently with their current existing infrastructure.

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