Re: Microsoft claims it's doing this...
> That would be a major IT fail by the company or department managing them.
In an ideal world - yes. However, a small company with zero cash to spend on luxuries (or even essentials) may well get broken by it. And there are a lot more of those around than you think - I've worked for a couple..
Including one that won't be affected - their control machines had to be Compaq 386 machines running DOS and Windows 3.1. They had an ISA interface card running the machines that didn't have drivers for anything else and the original manufacturer of the card no longer existed so they couldn't even get an updated board. And if you put it into a faster machine it would lock the PC up solid if the bus speed exceeded a particular value..
When I left we had 3 spare chassis on the shelf. I hate to think what would happen when those finally expire.