When Microsoft launches a new OS (or Ubuntu or Apple etc.), how do you determine if you need to update? Is it even based on need at all, are you that guy who just has to have the latest offering?
I base my upgrades on budget vs. need vs. want.
I started out using Win 95 in 1996, then I switched to Win 98se in 1999. 95 was getting long in the tooth, 98 had much better hardware support.
I used 98 till about 2003 when I updated to XP. That was really just because I'd been on the same OS for 4-5 years and wanted a change. It helped that XP was such a solid operating system and very worth the price.
I made the move to Vista early last year (purchased new laptop). I liked it so much that I got a system's builder copy for my desktop. Again, I'd been using my previous OS for 5 years and it was time for something new.
If it hadn't been for my student ELMS account, I expect I would have skipped Win 7 completely.
What's your story?