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Technology hub London risks losing its status

Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin.

Those are the cities that could replace London as Europe’s technology hub now that the British people have narrowly voted to separate from the European Union.

If London loses its premier status, CIOs in England’s glittering capital — and elsewhere in the tech-rich United Kingdom — will have even more trouble recruiting hard-to-find talent.

Programmers, developers and other IT folks from all over Europe have long journeyed to London to seek their fortunes — or at the very least, a start to their careers, said Forrester Research analyst Laura Koetzle.

London, still Europe's technology hub?

London is the technology capital of Europe. But following the EU referendum, other cities could take its place.
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Tech hub no more?

Often, they go straight from college to a notoriously expensive city, she said, “knowing that they’re not going to have that much money, and they’re going to live in a stinky flat share … because it’s the best market in Europe, where they can rise the fastest and do the most interesting things.”

But as legislators work out details of the split over the next two years, the immigration status of thousands will be thrust into uncertainty. If it’s too hard to stay in London, many tech workers will go someplace else.

Barcelona, Spain, or Amsterdam, Netherlands — cosmopolitan cities with flourishing IT sectors and relatively lower costs of living — are likely alternatives, Koetzle said. Berlin or Stockholm, Sweden, could also take the title of technology hub.

Venture capitalists, too, seeing less promise, could move to talent-friendlier shores, as could their startup protégés.

Keeping the capital’s gain

To keep the talented Europeans they already have, Koetzle wrote in a paper released after the EU referendum, London-based CIOs should give themselves a new title: chief retention officer. As the government sorts out visa and immigration policies, CIOs’ challenge will be to convince their European workers to go through what could be a lot of extra effort to stay in a country that’s not so easy to live and work in anymore.

One suggestion: Get hipper. Start by giving workers the social media and collaboration tools they want to use, such as Skype and Slack.

“Further, revitalize your tired old ‘back-office campus’ as a cool, vibrant place to work in order to keep your star developers,” Koetzle wrote.

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They are unable just cut updates for xp,because some embedded operating systems like Windows Embedded POsReady 2009 still have updates.good people may just buy cash registers with that os,modify the update packages and distribute it to xp users.so yeah.
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No plans to move from XP. If anything I will move to Linux Mint or Debian. I know how to keep my Windows system secure and fully protect the network at the edge, seal vulnerabilities with EMET. Maybe MS will come up with a system that is better than XP some day. Windows 8 anyone? LOL
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Windows Server + RDS licensing is too expensive and cumbersome
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I don't like Windows 8
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Our systems are stable so why upgrade because U$oft says so? We have virtualised a few PC’s which covers the possible problems with older hardware failing. Just because Win8 isn’t selling I’m not going to be "frightened" into buying new hardware and software just to find that our existing application won’t run. In these penny pinching times we say "if it aint broke – don’t fix it". Besides all of new developments are being done under Linux where we are in more control. Sorry U$oft, it’s the end of the line.
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Just choose a user friendly distro of Linux e.g. Ubuntu with Unity for a mac style interface or Linux Mint with the same Ubuntu base and a Windows friendly GUI and sandbox any XP applications using a VirtualBox. All free code , donations welcome of course, and all the Office Software you will ever need, Libre Office, Evolution mail etc. and no need to upgrade any hardware. Or is that to inexpensive and simple?
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Windows 7 or the upcoming Windows 8.1 is the only way to go for any business. I run my business on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and Microsoft never messed up anything with any of their updates. Even their free anti-virus program called Microsoft Security Essentials is my favourite security software.
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Don't know what it all means however I have 3 computers using XP that can't be upgraded (limited structural capabilities).
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As a hardcore consumer still running XP my upgrade path is going to be Windows 7 and an XP VM for legacy stuff, and migration to a Linux host plus 7/XP VMs if and when someone figures out how to get a virtual machine to use 3D graphics hardware effectively for games.
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yeah... we have to do something..
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we have 6 computers and not changing
love xp
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What is RDS and/or VDI?? LOL!
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The newer systems are just too annoying, especially win8. Even Win7 is stupid where it doesn't need to be stupid. I wish the big M (or somebody) would come up with an operating system for adults, not these toy things. WinXP was a good adult OS. Maybe something like a "home" version of Server 2012 would do the trick. The adult "home" OS should continue to be mouse driven (not touchy) and should be optimized for desktop computers as opposed to the mini stuff.
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It's obsolete. Why stay with it? And a server? You must be joking. Just use Linux or buy Windows Server 2012.
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We did linux with virtual windows for those that must have it but we standardized on openoffice, etc and stopped spending money. No more supporting active directory and exchange and virus software- in hindsight a waste of time and money - but it's all we knew then.
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My husband and I have a very limited income. Windows XP works great for us and we have no hardware issues with our computer, so why should we switch? Besides, Microsoft has priced us out of their market. We can no longer afford them. At the very least we will switch to Linux and use virtual box to run our xp programs. Price is not the only reason, though. Like others have said here, XP is adult. Windows 8 is not adult. I want an adult Windows OS. I don't like the touch screen in Windows 8--I have tried them in the store and on a friends computer. I like the mouse, not the touch screen. Sorry, Microsoft, you have lost our business. When your prices come back down to where the ones that are low on the totem pole of income can afford them and you make an OS that is like XP then we might come back. But not until then!
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Windows XP is still the best Operating System Microsoft has created!

It's The BEST!
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I Love My Windows XP Because I Love Play My Old Pc Games.
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Keeping Xp!!!
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Microsoft should be made to send someone round to upgrade all the computers with xp at their cost. To implement the change over it will cost me £50+ to buy an external hard drive to store everything while the computer upgrades to 7.
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i luv xp and it is gr8 for me !! i wish :end of support" wouldn't happened :"(
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"Windows XP works great for us and we have no hardware issues with our computer, so why should we switch?"

Because on May 6th 2014, Microsoft will release their usual batch of patches and explanations of what they fix. By May 7th 2014, virus writers will have deconstructed these patches and discovered the underlying security holes releasing their previously developed ransomware, adware, etc. By May 8, 2014, thousands of these computers will be infected by a virus that even if they remove it and take all normal precautions, will infect them again and again and again until until these people realize Windows 7 or 8 is actually cheaper than continuing to use XP on an internet-accessing PC.

You don't have to go to Windows 8 but you can't stay on XP if you want to keep using the Internet.
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"To implement the change over it will cost me £50+ to buy an external hard drive to store everything while the computer upgrades to 7"

If you're only doing 1 PC, just burn DVDs with the files you need to save. If you're doing an office full of PCs, you need to set up 1 PC as a temporary file server while you migrate the rest.
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Some software doesn't run on any other OS. Microsoft should understand the need for that.
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The XP systems will be replaced as and when they become end of life. However, key images will be made into VM's so that access to legacy MS Office files, dating back to the 1980's, can continue.
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xp is a user friendly stable operating system. Newer systems use more memory and waste resources for unused applications. Maybe microsoft should consider selling an update package for so much time.
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Windows 7 or Windows 8 could be great OSes to migrate off Windows XP. Though, what are RDSes or VDIs anyway?
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The problem is user interface. My clientele do not want to learn a new UI (and I can't blame them). For appliance users, changing the UI is death.
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Why change? Xp still does the job and newer os's are too hardware hungrey.
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already on W 8.1
Getting used to the pain of change.
It's getting less by the day but by no means disappearing. the platfrom still appears unstable in some small ways, but, there are ways to change your habits to make it work.
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Whilst I prefer and will continue to use WinXP, I have tested my DOS applications in Win7 32/64 bit, and in Win8 using virtualisation. Slightly slower and takes a bit of setting up, but it all works. It took me the equivalent of about 1.5 days from scratch to play with and set up Win8 to look and feel much like WinXP. I must admit, I found the supposed problems in using Win8 to be overblown.
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The figures speak. Most people want XP.
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Windows xp was and always will be an ultra stable & easy to use operating system!
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http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=Windows+XP+Embedded&Filter=FilterGA&gadate=0
Then read the extended end of support date.
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No. That is not something I would consider for the couple of boxes I must run with XP due to specialist hardware & drivers. They exist behind a dedicated hardware security firewall.
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vdi
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The only way to keep clean your computer is to Sanitize the HD and install the Windows. No firewall or windows updates can protect your computer from INTRUDERS. Many web sites dictate you to turn on Cookies, (to open the back door for them). So do not keep anything in your computer. Use a TEMP folder and transfer anything you download, or create to a memory stick, or for sensitive things use a 16GB class 10 micro SD card. Frequently wipe out the hard drive with Dban Boot and Nuke. Three passes on a 250GB HD is completed in 3 hours. Make sure to put a fan under you computer because the cleaning is completed under the DOS, and computer overheats and shut down in the middle of the process. Before formatting the HD make sure there are no problems with the HD sectors. Run from Command COM CHKDSK then CHKDSK /F and after CHKDSK /R before formatting with Boot and Nuke. Finally reinstall windows, or the cloning of your HD with drivers and most important utility programs. I use two identical laptops with windows XP, can swap the HD and have the disk with factory program to rewrite the sectors of HD and Flash the BIOS. This 2 laptops are exposed in more insecure web sites where a can get most information from unsecured sites. With another laptop with windows 7 I take less risks and the other with windows 8 is used for skype, and fun.
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Thank you, duracell. I haven't laughed that hard in a while. I nearly had tears streaming down my face in a couple spots, and I finally lost it when you brought up flashing the BIOS. As paranoid as you clearly are, it is a bit sad to hear you are exerting so much effort wearing out your hardware only to clone your software back onto it, but I wish you well just the same.
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We just released a software product (XpExtend) which which keeps older Microsoft products (XP/2003/Office) up-to-date by patching security holes, updating drivers, and fixing program bugs. It's a small monthly fee.

Check out xpextend.com
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It is, of course, impossible for anyone at Microsoft to have any sympathy for those of us “ordinary” people who simply do not have the cash to throw at the latest products. Their jobs depend upon re-inventing and selling new versions of the wheel. For us, XP has been quite stable for all its “life-cycle” but all our machines are around 8-10 years old and in need of replacement as I carefully timed matters. The question for me is; will I stick with Microsoft and its products? There are alternatives out there with, I think, better consumer consideration policies.
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Windows XP has done its bit I guess. Its now time for us to check for how our data are going to be relevant post XP. I almost forgot about the red letter day, but I guess its time to start doing the needed for date protect and relevance. My other computer can now have reprieve!

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No, I think I'll look at what Apple has to offer. Thanker
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we have switched to linux xp !
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Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licenses allow users to connect to virtual desktops so they can securely access applications from any device with an Internet connection. VDA can be acquired as a benefit of Software Assurance, Microsoft’s subscription-based licensing program, or it can be purchased separately for $100 per device, per year. A VDA license not only permits access to a virtual desktop, but it grants the right to install Windows 7, Vista or XP in a virtual machine and run up to four virtual desktops concurrently.

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Maybe VDI is running your client operating system Windows 7 on a server instead of on your local PC. The server then presents the user interface over the network to a local PC, and captures keyboard strokes and mouse moves, sending them back over the wire to the server. From the end user’s point of view it can be made to appear very much as if Windows is installed on their local PC whereas actually there is nothing installed locally. A few things worth bearing in mind about VDI:

While you’re logged into your desktop session you will be the only one using it.

When you log off there is a choice about what happens: Either any changes you make (application installed, settings amended, files created or amended, etc) are retained and are still there when you log in next time; Or all of your changes are lost and the desktop refreshes back to its original pristine state. You might wonder why you’d need the second of these options, and in fact it might seem a bit weird. After all, you're probably used to your desktop or laptop with a locally-installed operating system, and you'd be pretty upset if every time you logged off you lost all of your work and were presented with a clean-install of Windows 7 next time you logged on. The reason is more about the capacity of the server, and the ability of your IT department to keep better control of your desktop than for your benefit. Let me explain: Imagine you have 100 users all having a VDI desktop which is stored on a server. Each of these desktops will have Windows 7 installed, and probably a number of applications, and some files and data like your Word documents, spreadsheets, etc



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What an arrogant article. There are vast numbers of users who don't have the means to upgrade, or just don't want to. XP is a terrific OS, and if it is working there is NO reason for people to upgrade and it is highly irresponsible of Microsoft to think they can force customers to spend money on an upgrade just because Microsoft got tired of supporting XP.
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"They are unable just cut updates for xp,because some embedded operating systems like Windows Embedded POsReady 2009 still have updates.good people may just buy cash registers with that os,modify the update packages and distribute it to xp users.so yeah."

And how many folks will know how to wrap up this rick?
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"What an arrogant article. There are vast numbers of users who don't have the means to upgrade, or just don't want to. XP is a terrific OS, and if it is working there is NO reason for people to upgrade and it is highly irresponsible of Microsoft to think they can force customers to spend money on an upgrade just because Microsoft got tired of supporting XP."

There is a concept to describe this attitude in behavioral spychology and it's called the "trial of reality". This occur when your inner perceptions of the world structured accordingly to a mental frame and these perceptions are challenged by a changing reality.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle

There is nothing arrogant about this article. I just see someone who has a problem accepting a changing reality. And when I say this I am saying that instead of accepting the message, you are attacking the messenger.

This article is pretty plain and straightforward, factual and well written upon a reasonable line of thaughts.
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Upon reading these comments it appears clearly that a majority of people dont grasp the ballparc figure and are reacting to the end of XP by burrying their head in the sand. I would be inclined to think that reality will catch up in a month and half when after bug crashing, virus intrusions and malware disruptions of .dll Windows root files will have done their discusting work people will have to face the music and adapt to change.

The ardest thing for a human being is to change. It's sad to see people loosing their .docx documents and .jpeg pictures but I think that is the price to pay when people are in denial of reality.
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cybercriminals are crucial in MS's "XP phase out" extortion scheme:

MS has made clear that cyber-criminals will ultimately take over XP computers when MS stops patching the security holes in XP that M's negligent programming created and that will be discovered in the future.


even worse:

MS says that these XP security holes will likely be discovered in win7 and win8 but MS won't patch them in XP, guaranteeing so the credibility MS's extortion threat.


it's like a car company telling you that it will for sure discover deadly/but fixable engineering dangers in your otherwise fully functional car but it won't fix them for you or let you know about them, "because" it wants you to buy a new car.


this is racketeering of the worst kind but the "authorities" and the "free media" are doing nothing (except taking bribes, so the media are not free, duh).
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Will need to upgrade to the next version of the application any newly discovered OS vulnerabilities that may compromise the security of your system will not be addressed or patched by Microsoft no longer publishing updates for Windows XP
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 computers will likely continue to function but, over time, the security and performance of your PC will be affected. Your PC will become less compatible with other products and have less protection against viruses, spyware and other malicious programs
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A copy of Windows installed on a PC on your desktop lots of peripherals that you can plug in to enhance your interaction with the PC portable and available wherever you are, able to take advantage of a network connection when there is one, but able to work perfectly well when there isn’t, ultimate flexibility operating system, applications, data and user interface are tightly bound together making it difficult to make changes to one without affecting the others
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Cost because you will need to upgrade to the next version of the application
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Running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you will not be affected at all no more security updates, no more technical support or content updates other companies who made software for XP are discontinuing support as well.
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Microsoft Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) license. Since this license is per device, per year and has a  price tag at roughly $100 each year business bought a PC with an OEM’d Windows Professional on it then added SA, its roughly $40 per year Unlike their VDI cousins RDSCALs physical server on which the virtual desktop is installed is assigned only to one user, and not shared with other VDI desktops
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I'm no geek but almost donated my HP Pavillion Laptop because it has been running
Windows XP.....ordered Windows 7 from Tiger Direct; went to Office Depot and
purchased 2 GB of memory.....unplugged my laptop, turned it on to drain the battery,
removed the battery, took out one memory card (there was a slot with two memory cards); installed the 2 BG; did the install of Windows 7 (followed detailed instructions from the internet); and I have a near new "fast" re-born laptop ~ my desktop is running Win 8
and I love it. I consider these upgrades and new programs a "challenge" for my 71 y/o brain. I had never installed memory on any computer but if I can do it, anyone can!
Darlene in Gresham OR
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Microsoft will stop providing technical assistance for any XP system, and will no longer issue updates that help protect your XP computer
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No longer create or distribute software updates for Windows XP. Specifically, any newly discovered OS vulnerabilities that may compromise the security of your system will not be addressed or patched by Microsoft stop providing MSE for download on Windows XP systems
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There will be no more security fixes, software updates or technical support
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Yes - looking at VDI now - not only to replace the few XP machines but ALL desktop PCs
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No longer be a supported operating system stop providing MSE for download  move those troublesome applications into the data center and use remote desktop services to deliver the application requires that the application is capable of running on a terminal server application won't work or run on its own system you can try installing Server 2003 R2 on the physical computer

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No more security fixes, software updates or technical support will be at increased risk for malware infection stop supporting Office 2003
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Need to use multiple desktops then VDI  high security situations such as police forces: They often need two desktops, one for ultra-secure network access and one for general use. With VDI it’s simple to just provision two separate desktops that they can switch between session virtualization  is cost because people are sharing the same desktop you can generally pack far more users onto a server with session virtualisation  VDI
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Doesn't matter which application you need to use in order to modify a file. If everyone in your office uses the same applications, modifying a file means double clicking it and nothing else
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