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3/11/2020 | 2:49:45 PM
The hidden costs of the Microsoft Churn Cycle
Those and many more millions of devices still running Windows 7 and even XP, some even Windows Embedded, are the hidden security cost to society of the Microsoft Churn Cycle.

Two perfectly okay, mature, lean operating systems in widespread global use, that only need security patching to stay functional, get abandoned by their manufacturer because there is more money to be made in compelling a total hardware, software and OS migration to their latest, bloated, resource intensive, and equally insecure OS version.

Only a defacto near-monopoly could get away with this scenario decade after decade.

While this is enormously profitable to all the OEM manufacturers, software publishers, MSP's, computer technicians, and training companies in the Microsoft ecosystem, it is a needless capital & operating expense to a healthcare industry that has to divert its limited spending from providing healthcare to replacing vital equipment that is currently still working just fine.

This coerced diversion of limited cashflow to re-create existing functionalities on a new OS, and probably new hardware, is one of the hidden costs of the Microsoft Churn Cycle. The other will be the very visible cost of the security data breaches that will occur in healthcare organizations that can no longer afford to keep up with the Microsoft Churn Cycle.

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