Great question. Updating software is very personal.
Like owning or leasing a car. Some people want a new car every year, or every three years.
It is another business decision.
Windows 8 is set to come out next year promising a new upgrade cycle for businesses. Will it be the final nail in the coffin for those busineses who are holding on to Windows XP?
Hehehe, is this a private Mod to Mod chat or can anyone join!
Seems like biz is a bit slow!
Anyway, no, i think maybe not.
I am still "holding on" to Win 2003 Server, it does all I want, is efficient and stable so why change?
I tend to subscribe to the " if it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory, why waste money?
As LUCKY said, it is a business decision, if a basic app is functioning well, i stick with it, but if it is design, research or analysis soft and it is more effective than what I am using, then I will consider an upgrade.
But the results have to be worth the economic expenditure, just as in any business purchase.
Having said that I run a large % of Open Source stuff.............. which is free anyway!
Also look at the hated IE 6.
As a browser, it is old, circa 2000, insecure and doesn't display web sites well unless the designer creates a separate CSS or spends time "making IE6 work."
Since then we have had Opera, Safari, Chrome, Firefox as well as 2 upgrades to IE not to mention the various HATE IE campaigns that have been run over the years.
Yet it still persits and over 20% of my visitors use it.
Because I suspect because many are in large corporations where their tech infrastructure needs to be replaced to upgrade which probably isn't cost effective to management.
Back to the IF it ain broke .. theory.
So I am not certain the issue is one of a small business owner languishing over the costs.
I guess too it is a bit like a cell phone or ?????????????
Some people just need to have the latest and best, early adapters, others are happy to take a wait and see approach, so a personal trait thing is in play here too.
Why do I keep getting a " Java Script " error pop up every 30 seconds [ i timed them] it is very annoying and composing a post extremely difficult.
It is only on this site!
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Thanks for your feedback Paul.
I am still "Hanging on to" Win 2003 Server Ent, with Opera as default, latest version.
I have all the current browsers for windows for testing so eventually I entered and posted using Chrome, I think.
But, interestingly, I have used my default setting from day one, with no issues, which you can see was several posts ago.
Oh BTW, I was just kidding about the privacy thing!
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In this day and age, technology is advancing at an ever quickening pace. Your software you buy today could be outdated within six months. As small business owners I would guess it's harder to pay to update your software and hardware as often as it comes out so my question is, is it worth the cost to keep perfectly up to date or do you prefer to update every few years?