Ballmer: Stay on Windows XP and You Will Face a Backlash

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is warning IT organisations that they risk provoking an end user backlash if they don't move off the XP operating system.

"If you deploy a four or five-year old operating system today, most people will ask their boss why the heck they don't have the stuff they have at home," the Microsoft CEO said.

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BulletToothtony3538d ago

this guy pissed me off too much

meepmoopmeep3538d ago

MSFT will create a virus that will slowly wipe out any XP owners or older Windows OS

/conspiracy theory


iseven3538d ago

meep, i could totally see that kinda stuff happening. Could someone make a virus to kill IE6 ALREADY?!?!?!

BrianC62343538d ago

I think I better start upgrading all of my users at my office. I just can't decide on which yet. Should I go with OS X 10.5 or 10.4? Maybe I'll see if Linux can do what we need. I sure don't want a backlash from users because they're stuck with Windows XP.

XxZxX3538d ago

surprisingly 4 and 5 years old Operating system is more stable and won't have any problem with old corporate software that we are using. In short, we like to keep it simple stupid. Why upgrade if it's aint broken for now. Backlash, That's just a trend you trying to create. We all know Corporates and Company are very slow at upgrading. Why? Home stuff cant crash everyday no problem. In IT, crashing software = losing productivity. running out excuses to push your OS, ballmer?

morganfell3538d ago

"...most people will ask their boss why the heck they don't have the stuff they have at home," the Microsoft CEO said.

You tell your employees 1 of 2 things.

1 - Because if your home PC dies you might lose some family photos. But if the work PC dies you lose the business. That's a high price to pay for a broken file system and some flashy icons.


2 - We don't have the same thing at work that you have at home because we are not smart enough to run Linux.

thebudgetgamer3538d ago (Edited 3538d ago )

dont think he wont neither


thebudgetgamer3538d ago (Edited 3538d ago )

but serious he will punch you in the face


thats_just_prime3538d ago

That title is pure flamebait.

I doubt anyone ask their boss that. Plus it not uncommon for business to use old software and computer those things cost money and small business cant afford it and large ones are to greedy to pay for it.

XxZxX3538d ago

large one are greedy?? It clear shows you have no understanding of how a corporate IT works. Upgrading software in company not only cost a fortune, it also forced all employees to retrain the skills and sometimes it is just not worth the upgrade, in efficiency wise.
So thats just prime, no worry. take your time, you will understand this when you grow up.

BrianC62343538d ago

"steve balmer is gonna personaly go around punching people in the face it they still use xp"

I hope he does. I could use a few billion dollars I'd get when I sue him.

ThanatosDMC3538d ago (Edited 3538d ago )

Hhmmm... something that will make all the old OS users regret worldwide in a matter of seconds.... hmmmm... i doubt it's a virus so it must be Chuck Norris!

It'll happen in an instant, the seconds are just there just because he's thinking of which side of everybody's face is he going to roundhouse.

Eddie201013538d ago (Edited 3538d ago )

People wouldn't be sticking to Windows XP if they had done a better job with Vista, and now instead of fixing Vista, they make Windows 7 and expect people to pay for a new operating system.

There is a trend here, seems to me they did the same thing with Window Me. replaced a working OS with a half working OS (Windows Me) and then created a better OS to replace the half working OS.

When do people wise up and decide what is good for them, instead of big Business (Microsoft) doing d the decision making for them. I will not be buying window 7 (Microsoft cash cow)

paul-p19883538d ago (Edited 3538d ago )

Dam rite he, i mean i, will roundhouse people who still use XP. The Chuck only uses open source software, and will roundhouse kick you, run around the world, then punch you on the other side of the head in just under 1 second if you dont use open source. And dont think i wont!!

Steve Ballmer, you wanna try to bury me? MY BEARD WILL F***IN BURY YOU WITHOUT THE GIRLY CHAIR THROWING!!

Alcon3538d ago

After Vistas flop, he is kinda desperate that this one will do well lol

Mr_Bun3538d ago

As a consumer, there is nothing I like more than to be threatened by the corporation that developed the product that I currently use

Anon19743538d ago

..and we just got Windows XP on our systems last year. After all the testing that needs to go on in the first place to make sure XP was compatible with the rest of our systems, there's no way in hell we'll upgrade to Windows 7.

As for facing a backlash when people ask "Why aren't we using the same operating system as I use at home"?

Recently they started issuing laptops that came with Vista pre-installed and we've had nothing but problems, nothing works as it should and most are left paralyzed if they try to do any work from home. The only thing people are asking is "How do we get XP on these blasted things."

pixelsword3538d ago

...and quit trying to be Terry Bradshaw's twin.

Ghoul3538d ago

Microsoft announced yesterday that it will issue discounted upgrade licenses to customers moving from Windows XP to Windows 7.

??? WTF i DEMAND i mean it I DEMAND a refund for this crap called vista i payed money for.

majorsuave3538d ago

Basically he says, stop using XP.
Install Vista.
In 6 months we'll tell you Vista is broken, install Win7.

That or he means, Install Linux.

Beast_Master3538d ago

I am an IT guy, and I have never seen Vista installed on a machine and it not have constant problems. more Blue screens of death than ever before. Plus it is so incompatible with so much corporate software I have never seen it implemented by an entire organization. Ballmer needs to STF Up and start making reliable products.

ChickeyCantor3538d ago


if all they use is Microsoft office or something simular go for linux and download OPEN OFFICE 3. It can do everything MS office can and its FREE.
It will save you guys sh/tloads of money.

MasFlowKiller3538d ago

so they want companies to move to and unstable operation System, do they want the rest of their companies to stat using linux?

vista does not know how to handle CPU resource.

currently using fedora 10 until windows 7 but if windows 7 is just Vista with patches then back to Fedora for me

UnwanteDreamz3538d ago

IT departments will never trust your new software, and this is why.

aftrdark213538d ago (Edited 3538d ago )

I can't help but think of those Stride chewing gum commercials. Maybe Microsoft will start doing commercials like that...

Upgrade from XP or ELSE... LOL

IdleLeeSiuLung3538d ago

I don't know why there is so much Windows Vista hate. I used Vista for a while now, and it has it quirks, but overall it made me so much more efficient at finding stuff.

For a regular user (non-techy) Windows Vista is a huge improvement sans the technical requirement.

Windows Vista has increased usability significantly and is considerably better than XP. It is just the haters that are afraid of change and recite stupid blog articles that give no reason for why Vista is poor. It really is for the most part a perception problem.

Nonsense 4 Gamers3538d ago

I think the Onion New Network did a story on Ballmer last year. They started it off by saying:

"In other news, 27 people were bruised when a man went on a punching spree."

They didn't specifically mention Steve Ballmer, but I think it's safe to assume he was the perpetrator ;)

The Lazy One3538d ago

the streak of taking a reasonable quote from a microsoft executive, and turning it into something offensive or aggressive.

WaitStation 33538d ago (Edited 3538d ago )

personally, I like Windows 7 but I don't think that comment was necessary to get XP users to switch for most users right now are impressed with Windows 7 and what it could do

pictures are worth a 1000 words. Stop putting those sweaty pictures of Balmer up, it's disgusting

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Sunny_D3538d ago

i wish i could change to a mac. but i guess i will stay with good ol' XP until the backlash come and gets me! (:

Wife Of The Bad Guy3538d ago

Release an unstable OS and YOU will face backlash

Theoneneo813538d ago

that is why mac is gaining in the pc market share.

somekindofmike3538d ago

I don't know why people disagreed with you,

Apple OS X is gaining market share and Microsoft Windows is loosing Market share.

I am one of those who switched about 6 years ago, and the reason was unreliable OS so 0.000000001% of the statistic is me!

GiantEnemyLobster3538d ago

Hes just in the need of some deodorant. Probably should go with antiperspirant.