This is an extension to the post on Microsoft Ending Support for XP
Initial Impressions: No ( Please leave comments if you do not agree or have any opposite thoughts, I couldn’t think of any, yet.)
Is Microsoft’s policy justifiable in:
Looking from a societal point of view, it is justifiable in various ways like business needs, staying in the game on par with competitors and creating jobs . This supports innovation on a global scale too. But we should also consider the saying ‘ The cost of the medicine should not be more than the disease itself’. By innovating, making older devices obsolete on the go means it is affecting negatively. Any organisation should take a more balanced approach without compromise to the existing consumer base and the coming generations. This is a hard choice to make as all manufacturers or product companies have to agree and adhere to a rule. If one does not, and keeps making newer products in smaller cycles around the year, others will try to catch up for financial reasons too. An example is Samsung which has a variety of devices in the same category in order to capture market (Their argument may be that they consider more people being able to afford newer technology). Apple, on the other hand, is not concerned about market cap but instead focuses on just one or two device refreshes a year in one given category e.g. iPhone. Every time a device is introduced, they do not fail to mention the environmental fact sheet related.
But this doesn’t mean the recyclable products will be recycled. It depends on the end users but companies can be more considerate if we’re going to be serious about Green IT. There is financial compromise.