I have a legal secretary friend who was dreading the conversion from Wordperfect to MS Word 2007 in her office. She was afraid that she would be left behind the younger secretaries who were already familiar with it. She was actually relieved when they went to Word 2010 instead, because that put them all in the same boat.
Upgrades are a fact of life. Companies and people need to plan for them. That plan might be conservative or aggressive, but ignoring it is not a plan. Many companies (and people) wait until something forces them, such as hardware failure or a fatal security flaw.The result usually is a hasty and painful upgrade, not to mention an expensive one.
My own approach? I experimented with the early Win8 releases and came to the conclusion that it was a dog. I bought a new laptop a little earlier than I would have otherwise and went with a high-end Asus running Win7. Now I am tracking the news about Win9 to eventually decide whether to go with that or something else (I am also using an Android tablet more and more).
@MeasurementBlues: She's still on Office 2003 because asking her to change to a new look is painful.
It is, but... (a) the longer (more generations) you leave it, the more painful it will be for her and (b) there will come a point where someone sends her a document in a later format that she won;t be able to open ... at which time it will become your fault/problem (pick one :-)
@Max ,i tlooks like I'll replace on of my old Dell Computers with a Win7 laptop that comes with a Win8 liscense. I'll probably stay with Win7 as long as possible.
All my computers at home, except for my wife's, have Office 2010. She's still on Office 2003 because asking her to change to a new look is painful. It took me years to get her to switch from Outlook Express to Outlook 2003.
@MeasurementBlues: Win98 2nd edition was a big improvement over Win95 in terms of stability.
I remember how frustrated I was having to upgrade to Win 98 from Win 95 because so many things had changed -- I feel the same way everytime I have to undergo an upgrade in OS or in applications (like Word) ... wxcept the change to Win 7 ... that one I really liked (still like on some platforms -- on others I'm on Win 8 which sucks)
@MB... "Windows 3.1! I love it." Glad someone else does. It was so easy to maintain. Everything was in the WIN.INI file....bit cryptic maybe but nothing like the damn registry. Win 3.1 was a little flaky sometimes, but I liked it better than a lot of the later stuff.
"What kind of equipment are you running on Win 3.1?"
Its used within a 3 x 6ft rack system. An ancient version of LabVIEW which runs a VXI chassis containing a number of modules such as a DMM, Waveform Generator, Digitiser, switch matrix. Also controls 6 GPSUs and a HVPSU. These are all connected via GPIB. The rest of the racks house company designed units to simulate loads and distribute power to the various units.
Everything is basically back from the early/mid 90s which doesn't seem that long ago until you realise its 20 years ago (being 30, 20 years ago seems like a long time to me)
We have 7 of these systems and we've been forced to upgrade them because the Digitiser and Waveform Generator are getting to the point where they're not supported by outside calibrators. So, it's a new PC, new OS, a more recent version of LabVIEW, new Digitiser and new Waveform Generator.
Other than that, I'm not sure how much more I'm allowed to disclose on here, sorry.