Subject: Re: [boost] Windows XP support survey
From: Gevorg Voskanyan (gevbsd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-05-07 18:44:53
On 07.05.2015 17:09, Thomas Trummer wrote:
> The sad reality in a lot of industries is that we still have to support
> Windows XP for the foreseeable future. Though, I understand the desire to
> drop support for it. Believe me, everyone would be more than happy to just
> require Windows 7 as default and be done with it.
> However, it is hard to convince costumers to make the switch when there is
> only risk and no tangible benefit attached to it. In addition to this we do
> have the problem that we control complex (and expensive) hardware that
> consists of components that donât have drivers for Windows 7 because the
> manufacturer discontinued them.
> For these people the end of support from Microsoft isnât really an argument
> since the computers are not connected to the Internet and continue to work
> fine, not to mention that you can still buy extended support from
> The huge outcry from the C++ community when Microsoft wanted to drop
> support for XP in Visual Studio should be a clear indicator that a lot of
> people livelihoods still depend on it. Unfortunately since then the install
> base hasnât really shrunken too much. So even Visual C++ 2015 will continue
> to support it.
> So, as long as a Visual C++ version supported by Boost can build for
> Windows XP and there isnât a significant cost attached to it, Boost should
> also continue to support Windows XP.
There are a lot of shops here that are still using Windows XP, and I had
to undergo measures to make my app work under Windows XP so they can run
it. I assume there is an appreciable number of developers out there
using Boost who face the same situation.
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