Here lies Microsoft XP and Exchange 2003

Ross MacKenzie
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Born: 2003 - Died: April 8 2014

It is said that one human year is equal to seven dog years; a mathematical sleight of hand designed to give owners the comfort of aligning their pets' lives with their own.

Interestingly, the same methodology applies to Microsoft technology; we find that one human year is equivalent to approximately  seven tech years. It is a sad reality that even the very best of Microsoft's technologies die at the tender age of ten.

Today, on the 8th April 2014, we were reminded of the fragility of technology as we watched the passing of some of our most beloved solutions. We were reminded that despite our reliance on Microsoft products, there comes a time when we must say goodbye. We were reminded that all life, be it real or artificial, will eventually be extinguished by its maker .

But the range of 2003 products would not wish to be remembered in death - no no. They were joyous inventions that brought productivity to the unproductive, efficiency to the inefficient and connectivity to the disconnected. We should not mourn the passing of these IT solutions; but rather look forward to creations that have come to bear as a direct result of their existence.

And so it is with great sadness that we must now say our goodbyes to the first group of products which took much of the pain out of IT. We can say with all the warmth in our hearts, you will never be forgotten.

And now a poem:

  • Stop all the digital clocks, cut off the voice-over-IP phone

  • Prevent the OS from rebooting on its own

  • Silence the obnoxious start-up noise and with a muffled drum

  • Bring out Exchange 2013, let the mourners come

  • My XP knew my North, my South, my East, my West

  • Because of Geo-tracking, via my IP address

  • I used XP at noon and midnight, all day long

  • I thought XP would last forever. I was wrong.

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