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to Win8 or not to Win8

Our "application" is a thing that integrates into the system and seamlessly adds some functionality. It is implemented as a system driver.

We are currently running a poll about whether we should switch our development to NDIS 6 to support Win8, which would inevitably drop the support for WinXP. Vista and 7 would remain unaffected, they support both NDIS 5.1 and NDIS 6 intermediate drivers. Forking the development is not an option, because it is already forked to add support for other, non-Microsoft OSes.

Please express your opinion and vote at http://daihinia.com
Thank you.
vv Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
Why can't you maintain another branch that is XP compatible? Is it just too much hassle? I guess it depends on how many win8 licenses you think you can sell versus XP, and how much effort it is to upgrade what you have. There is going to be a significant number of win8 users soon enough.
Matthew Fender Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
NDIS6 uses other structures for packet data, so it's practically writing everything from scratch. Question is not whether we should ever do this, question is whether it should be done NOW. IMO, we should release the Linux version first.
vv Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
But why would you have to ditch your existing XP version if you built one for W8? Could you not maintain it with no ongoing development - just major bug fixes or whatever?
Matthew Fender Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
Elaborate a bit on that "whatever" and you will probably notice the "why". ;)
vv Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
This is not really a question about technology. It is more about what your customers expect now and in the future. That is all that matters really, unless you are in a position to dictate terms to them.
Scorpio Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
Why don't you ask your customers instead of users of this board? Are we your customers / target market?
Daniel Herken Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
Part of the target market, of course.
vv Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
XP has certain advantages still and will be around as long as Cobol - that is to say forever. However, the number will be small, like Cobol.

How many companies handle this is to say "We no longer support XP. The last version to support it, version X, may be downloaded from the archives here. It is not maintained and absolutely no warranty of any kind is provided."
Scott Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
Do your web logs / analytics register your users OS? That might be informative.
Jonathan Matthews Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 
It's kind of a dumb question. The people who use WinXP will want WinXP support and the people who use Win8, will want Win8 support.

It's something you have to decide and you can't decide by consensus. Is the reduction in maintenance cost worth the loss of a gigantic install base (XP)?

If you're making even $200K off this, you can dedicate $30K to a contractor to maintain the XP fork...
Bring back anon Send private email
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 
 

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