Originally Posted by jmgregory1
Even MS having to hold onto legacy systems is painful to think about. Consumers and businesses alike need to move on from the 10 year old systems and software they're using. There just isn't a good excuse for not upgrading computers, systems, apps. Sure, there may be a couple of titles of software where the sw company itself hasn't upgraded, but they should be punished for not doing so. Keeping customers working on software and/or hardware that is 5 or 10 years old is inexcusable.
I don't agree. Let's look at what a typical office worker uses: Mail, Word, Excel, a browser and perhaps some internal enterprise systems: accounts receivable, accounts payable, perhaps an app to log hours and maybe some specialty app for the particular line of business the company is in (which is most likely to be a web-based app anyway), etc.
What functions is a five-year-old app missing that a newer version of that software would have? Little that I can think of. In fact, one could make the case that because of feature bloat and more recent versions of these apps having inferior UIs (the Office ribbon, etc.) that the older apps are actually better.
Likewise for the hardware. Five-year-old hardware (except perhaps for storage space issues and virus issues) is more than sufficient to run those apps. It's only workers who do programming, design, video, audio, photography and other high resource applications who might need a newer, more powerful computer.