There are many reasons why we have chosen to develop the newest version of ShoWorks to support only Windows Vista and newer. Aside from the fact that Windows XP was officially unsupported by Microsoft in April of 2014, we will continue to support users who require Windows XP by supporting ShoWorks 2009 (which is compatible with Windows XP) through December 31st, 2014.
Reasons why Windows XP is not supported:
- The National Security Agency has advised against the use of Windows XP due to its vulnerability to security threats.
- Microsoft officially discountinued support of Windows XP including security updates on April 6th, 2014.
- Windows XP is over 13 years old (released in 2001) and does not support some of the even modest improvements in technology and security.
- ShoWorks 2012, like all of its predecessors, will be supported for at least 6 years (2018). We will not design a system that must be supported on a version of Windows that will be 18 years old at the end of its life cycle.
- Even the past three latest versions (IE9, IE10 and IE11) of the world's most popular browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer) are not supported on Windows XP.
- Microsoft retired mainstream support of Windows XP in 2009, with full stop of all security patches in 2014.
- Windows XP is not available for purchase and has not been since 2008.
- If a machine is running Windows XP, the chances are that it is underpowered for many of today's more robust business applications.
- Newer versions of Windows which are more stable and secure have been released since 2006, including Windows Vista, Windows 7, and the new Windows 8. Upgrades to these newer versions are available for $12 per computer for non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Visit www.techsoup.org for more details.
"We could have developed a new fair management system with small improvements over ShoWorks 2009, just for the sake of developing a new version, and would have been compatible with the discontinued, 13-year old Windows XP. However, doing so would have compromised what we would be able to do with technologies made available even 9 years ago with Windows Vista. Users who are not interested in these technologies still have the older version of ShoWorks at their disposal. At some point however, technology will force us to cut the cord and move on, and we can embrace this or continuously fight to hold onto the past."
Reasons why Windows Home Edition is not supported:
ShoWorks is a business application. Microsoft has released different versions of Windows designed to accommodate various market segments, breaking these into two groups: home users and business users. Per Microsoft's own product description, Home editions of Windows are not intended for business application use, regardless whether they are physically used in the home or in a professional environment. Database applications such as ShoWorks require the memory handling of business editions (Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise) of Windows.