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Microsoft wants to get Windows XP below 10% by April 2014

Microsoft has hatched a plan to get resellers to help wean customers off Windows XP by April 2014. Windows XP currently holds the second largest percentage of the computer operating system market right below Windows 7. According to Net Applications, Windows XP holds 37.17% of the operating system market while Windows 7 holds 44.37%.

Microsoft is reminding resellers and customers that there is less than a year left until all support for Windows XP is stopped. On April 8, 2014, Windows XP will no longer receive patches or updates including critical security updates. Moving consumers from Windows XP to a newer version of Windows is reportedly one of Microsoft's top priorities for its fiscal 2014, which began on July 1.

That could be a tall order for Microsoft since the software giant and its partners would reportedly need to migrate 586,000 computers per day over the next 273 days to eliminate all machines running Windows XP.

Microsoft is rolling out several programs, offers, and tools to encourage users to leave Windows XP behind. Those programs include Accelerate where Microsoft will pay some reseller and integrator partners to create a proof of concept Metro-style apps to help lure customers to Windows 8. Microsoft is also going to extend the program call Get to Modern aimed at small and medium businesses.
It was reported earlier this month that Windows 8 market share just finally crept ahead of the unloved Windows Vista operating system.

Source: ZDNet

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RE: Updating to Win 7
By Argon18 on 7/10/2013 11:52:08 AM , Rating: 2
True, intel solved the over-4GB memory limit on 32 bit many years ago, back in the 1990's. It's called PAE. 32 bit Linux has always supported it.

Windows however is a different story. Microsoft implemented PAE only in the "data center" and "advanced server" editions of windows, while purposely crippling the basic server and desktop versions, capping them at 4 GB. But then again, crippled Microsoft products are nothing new.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By Hairyfeet on 7/11/2013 6:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry I'm throwing a flag, BS on the field. The ONLY reason Linux can access more than 4GB of RAM is that nobody cares about backwards compatibility on that system and Torvalds busted driver model means the drivers are gonna break regardless so adding PAE wasn't a problem as the few OEMs that support Linux HAVE to put out new drivers constantly.

If you can manage to get a hold of a copy there are beta builds of both 2K and XP that had PAE enabled by default but what MSFT found was a LOT of drivers and programs simply ignored the guidelines MSFT had put out for memory access and if they enabled PAE the drivers and programs would trash themselves. I got to play with the PAE enabled XP and I can tell you that pretty much only MSFT and Intel drivers worked, everybody else would choke and croak. this is why you have so much that would run on XP not run on Vista/7, because MSFT put their foot down and made the guidelines mandatory (which frankly they should have done with XP) and all those companies that played fast and loose found their stuff no longer working.

But you really can't compare Linux and Windows as its two totally different markets, with Linux you have companies having to spend millions to constantly update drivers thanks to a lack of an ABI (the ONLY OS out there that doesn't have an ABI BTW, everybody else including FOSS OSes BSD and OpenSolaris have ABIs and thus their drivers keep working after multiple updates) whereas with Windows depending on the vendor you'll be lucky to get 2 driver updates because they know Windows isn't gonna trash the drivers.

Now personally I prefer the Windows driver model where I can have a system run for nearly a decade without a single update borking a driver but that is really up to you which you prefer, but lack of PAE wasn't the fault of MSFT, it was the fault of all those that refused to follow the guideline.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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