Monday, May 24, 2010

105 XP updates since 2008

As I need to use Excel 2007 to process some spreadsheets, I just restored my work PC from a VM snapshot back to October 2008. The virtual machine running Windows XP Professional has been suspended on my hard disk for 20 months. It can be the evidence showing my switch from Windows to Mac OS X. Yes, I am a Windows guy, but I do use iMac as the platform at home, though I always work (test) on varied Windows VMs on Mac OS X at the same time.

I have switched my productivity applications from Office 2007 for Windows to Office 2008 for Mac. I am happy with most Mac versions of Microsoft Office applications, umm... except Excel 2008. In my opinions, it is a kind of totally different user experience compared to what I used to with Excel 2007.

As for that XP, as the screenshot shown below, it needs to install 105 updates (including 91 critical updates but IE7/IE8 and .NET Framework) in size of 740.6 MB, and it needs more than 3 hours to install. 740 MB is just a CD. As I remember, Windows XP initially released on a single CD in 2001...

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