Microsoft's 'Escape from Windows XP' Game Caps the End of an Era

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PCWolf

If Microsoft added a TRUE working 98/XP compatibility Mode that ran everything XP could run, then more people would be open to getting a new computer and not use the "My old software does not work on 7/8" Excuse. My old "Star Trek Armada" game runs like pure garbage on my quad core windows 7 machine, even with XP compatibility mode turned on. Along with the fact that giving up XP means throwing away your perfectly working Single Core computer. And since Windows 7/8 don't run well on single core hardware with 512m of memory, Microsoft needs to make a Windows 8 "ATM Edition" That can run on that older hardware that ATMs use with XP. I'm sure the Banks would love to only have to upgrade the OS & not have to upgrade every single ATM machine that cannot run Windows 7 or 8.

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Shalbatana

Many readers might find it amusing to be reminded of the history of XP in the public's eyes

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/memory-lane-before-everyone-loved-windows-xp-they-hated-it/

many of the arguments against 8 were the same for xp back then.

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AFDozerman

Still running XP in a virtual environment.

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Random

Soon to be followed by "Escape from Windows 8"

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PCWolf

I Lol'd

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NavarWynn

How ironic that it won't run on IE (I'm at work now).

LOL too funny for words.

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zepolnavi

Lets go to LINUX :D

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PCWolf

No Thanks. Windows 7 is better for what I do and it fills my needs for now. And my Classic Single Core XP Box will continue to run on the side until support for Firefox, Java, Flash and Antivirus are Ended. When Microsoft makes a "cloud only" OS like the Windows 10 rumor mill say, then I'll get on Linux, but not now.

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AFDozerman

There's actually a pretty decent number of tech articles online that are. "switch to Linux guides"

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

If Windows 7 had legacy 32-bit driver support, this wouldn't be an issue.

If they hadn't fucked up Windows 8, this wouldn't be an issue.

Brow-beating and mocking customers who can't upgrade is getting tiresome.

And what idiot would run Internet Explorer on any operating system? I gave up on Active-X years ago.

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vrmlbasic

The OS is XP but the game looks like something from the days of 3.1 or DOS.

Surprisingly this is the first retro platformer that I didn't intensely dislike. The myriad hipster indie devs out there ought to find out what M$'s secret is ;)

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bloodhawke83

suuure, more like Escape from Windows 8 and 8.1!!!

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Gikero

Pretty neat. Bookmarked for sure!

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Shalbatana

HA! I love it! Hey MS PR finally did something right!

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chinomon

I like this side of Microsoft, now with the new CEO I've noticed window's is trying new things, the last keynote was a refresher and seriously makes me believe in the company a little more. =)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Thanks Ballmer

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phixson

Didn't XP come from Windows Me, not 2000? Both XP and 2000 ran the NT kernel, which differentiated them Win95, right?

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praetor_alpha

No, XP came from 2000 (which came from NT), not Me. Me came from Windows 98 and 95.

Yes, like 2000 it has the NT kernel, unlike Windows 95.