Microsoft Launches Site to Tell Clueless Customers if They're Running XP
March 3, 2014 12:34 PM
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Site functions as advertised, is built on Metro
Microsoft Corp. (
) is pushing hard to try to get customers to
stop using the 13-year-old Windows XP
. Ahead of the
April 8 end of support date
for the aged OS, Microsoft this week announced that it would be
rolling out popups to XP installations
to warn users of the impending demise of official support.
It also launched a new site called
, which as the title suggests is aimed at educating confused users about whether they are running Windows XP or some other operating system.
Here's what I got on one of my Windows 7 systems:
The site is styled with everyone's favorite Modern UI -- aka "Metro". It contains a colorful count down to the Windows XP end of life on April 8, and text informing you:
Keep your OS up to date and running smoothly.
That text does not take you to a page about the well-reviewed Windows 7 (which beat Windows XP in sales pace and passed it in adoption), but rather to a page about that OS's controversial successor, Windows 8. With
Windows 8.1 Update 1 around the corner
, Microsoft is hoping customers will choose to migrate to its latest Metro-rific platform when they press the off button on Windows XP.
That way it doesn't have to repeat this process all over again.
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RE: I understand why MS is doing this but...
3/3/2014 3:53:36 PM
Whatever they can do in XP can be done just as easily in Win 7. It's too bad that's not the case with Win 8, but the learning curve from XP to 7 is minimal to non-existent. All their favorite programs (or versions of them) like the 1001 fonts CD and toolbar master pro are available for Win 7.
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