Microsoft Dropped Support for PC

Isn’t that an eye catcher? It is far more accurate than the pee-pee-ka-ka being spouted by “industry analysts”, big 4 consulting companies and MBAs everywhere. What these supposedly knowledgeable people are spouting follows:

We have to get off of VMS because HP is dropping support for the VAX.”

It’s very difficult to determine if this statement comes from genuine cerebral damage or outright intent to commit criminal fraud. In the case of the “industry analysts” and the big 4 consulting companies it is hard to believe the statement comes from anything other than an intent to commit criminal fraud and drum up some off-shore porting contracts. In the case of MBAs, they really do tend to have been dropped on the head repeatedly as children.

Part of the problem might be that VMS is VMS is VMS. The VAX to Alpha port of VMS was so clean that a lot of end users and managers had no idea their VAX was now an Alpha. Granted, the Itanium hasn’t lived up to any of its advertisements, but it is the current architecture VMS runs on.

Yes, HP is dropping support for the VAX architecture. They are no longer going to compile, patch, update, etc. VMS for that architecture. They also haven’t manufactured one of those CPUs in well over a decade, so…either the companies still running on a physical VAX have stockpiled a lot of old spare parts, or they have went the emulator route rather than migrate to an Alpha…or migrated to a different OS on the Alpha platform AND chose to run a VAX emulator in some kind of virtual environment. It doesn’t really matter. Odds are they haven’t been applying OS and layered product updates for a while. When was the last time anyone reading this actually got software on a 2400′ magnetic tape or a TK-50 from HP?

The Alpha is going to be supported until some time in/around 2016 and the Itanium (known as the Itanic by many) will be supported until some time in 2025. So, you have a very long time to make a decision. For those who can rip out the MACRO code in their home grown applications, they can mostly recompile on the Itanium and start running on an architecture with a lower support cost. Those of you unfortunate enough to have written production software with MACRO (assembler) have a much tougher row to hoe than most others. R0 ain’t what it used to be when you get over there. Higher level languages will be happy happy joy joy.

Microsoft hasn’t shipped an operating system or application which will run on the 8086 in years. This same group of “industry analysts” and big 4 consulting companies should be telling everyone to abandon Microsoft.