I'd like to hear your thoughts about legacy Windows operating systems that are still used in the audio/sampling domain.
Is in your opinion Windows 98 still in use by some percentage of (pro) audio users ?
I'm asking this from an audio application developer point of view. Windows 2000/XP introduced new functions in the operating system which can help improve performance of audio related applications (eg apps that are CPU, memory, disk hungry).
So to provide optimal support of all Windows operating systems one would probably need to make multiple versions of the application but, not so much work but I'm asking myself if it really pays off.
Audio sw vendors like NI and others seem to focus on the Windows XP and OS X, providing less and less support for older operating systems. I think they are doing the right thing because supporting too many OSes is a bit cumbersome and usually newer OSes provide more performance, and since audio users need high powered machines they are probably running their P4s , Athlon64 CPUs on XP and not Windows95/98. (as far as I know Win98 without patches does not even run correctly on the latest CPUs and was discontinued some time ago, so don't expect updates for newer CPUs)