Save Windows XP Petition: Will the People Be Heard?

art amazingIn this Web 2.0 world, saying that the power is in the hands of the people is an understatement. Sure Primary season is upon us and the votes matter, but will the ballots count in tech? InfoWorld cleverly created a “Save XP” petition. The petition and blog aim to combat Microsoft’s decision to end most sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008. The reluctance of many business and individuals about moving to Vista is exemplified in the 12,500 people who signed the petition in its first 36 hours. That’s a brilliant marketing tactic by the editors at InfoWorld. They have not only driven lots of traffic to its site but have collected the names of the people in opposition to the death of XP and made them think they will fight Microsoft. InfoWorld may need a bigger army to combat Microsoft, but it will have a lot of signatures on its side. Then I came across this fight on Facebook to “Save Scrabulous.” (For those living under a rock, Scrabulous is a interactive scrabble application that lets you play against your Facebook friends.) But this time, the people aren’t fighting young Mark Zuckerberg and his decisions, i.e the 2006 launch of the News Feed. They will have to take on Mattel and Hasbro that say the application steals their intellectual property. How can they put IP before the enjoyment of the 500,000 people who play the addicting game!? Will the chatter and the fights to save our favorite applications and operating systems pay off? Will the companies and the powers that be look to its customers and go back on its decisions? Will they be generous like Mr. Jobs, who cared for the first iPhone buyers by giving them a rebate when he dropped the price? In the meantime, we will sign the petitions and complain on the walls of Facebook until we are heard.

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