This is a post to look at the ways folks can plan to move on with their hardware and software needs. Recently I assisted with putting together a PC for family that was only 3-5 years old from a technology standpoint (but be of good cheer – it was replacing a well used 10 year old Gateway computer). One of the questions I had, other than the necessary ones that had to do with hardware needs (it was a pre-used Dell PC that had no hard drive) was what software needs were.
Why is this important? Well, the Dell – at one time – had Windows XP Home Edition installed on it, because that was the license key on the case. My family was comfortable with that software since that is what was on the old Gateway PC. And that is where we will start with our introduction to the Lifecycle!
To get this out of the way, how exactly do you spell lifecycle? All together (concatenated)? Or separate (life cycle)? Or perhaps hyphenated (life-cycle)? For our purposes, let’s not quibble over this and just stick with it all together, because it sure shows up in each of those ways and is more often than not conveying the same idea. Whew, that’s behind us…
My concern was not getting my family to update to the latest and greatest operating system Microsoft had to offer. The fact is, to do that we would have needed different hardware. My concern was over the continuing support of an operating system that was pushing 2 years past its published end of life date. Things break, software at times experiences issues and needs to be fixed or reinstalled, was I leaving my family is a good spot or just putting them on the spot?
So what is a lifecycle? The lifecycle starts when a product (hardware and/or software) is released and ends when it is no longer supported or sold. This gives businesses (and just you and I as general consumers) information that is needed to make informed decisions – like when to upgrade or migrate because of items ending their useful lifecycle.
If you are curious about lifecycles of products you use or depend on, here are a few links for you to review. Look at the manufacturer’s website for a specific product you need information about.
- Microsoft Windows Lifecycle
- More Microsoft Product Lifecycle information
- Adobe Products
- Apple (note, this manufacturer doesn’t seem to make it easy to find lifecycle or end of life info on their site…)
If you are looking for information for your specific item (HP, Toshiba, Dell, etc.) feel free to visit their page and look for information on ‘end of life’, ‘lifecycle’, ‘end of support’ or ‘retired’. Plan ahead so you are not left behind! Thanks for reading.