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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 AlvinCool on 7/10/2013 9:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
That's about the size of it. But lets not forget the industrial aspect of this. The majority of industrial contnrollers collecting data from PLC's are XP and are not upgradable. Tons of testing centers are based on XP and are not upgradable due to timing constraints. I know of several imaging setups that are 50K and up that are not upgradable from XP. And with our economy can you really expect a massive number of low end PC's to be thrown out?

RE: Updating to Win 7
By AMDftw on 7/10/2013 9:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
I know of a few places that still have Win98 just to run their PLC. Siemens, Copper power and Allen Bradley are a couple i know of. Siemens has gotten some over their software to work in Win7. Ex-Employee of Atlas copco, we did a lot of work with PLC and using 3rd party PLC software. AC has converted over to Win7 for that. Not quite as stable but it works and over time it will get better.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By Donkey2008 on 7/11/2013 5:51:30 AM , Rating: 2
Amen. Worked at a company using Allen Bradley equipment managed on WinXP workstations. When upgrade time came, the IT dept solution was to run XP mode in Windows 7. It sucked to setup and it sucked for the users, who just want to work on the PLCs, not figure out how to manage 2 operating systems. Wish they would have just left them on XP. It wasn't hurting anything.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By kattanna on 7/10/2013 10:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
And with our economy can you really expect a massive number of low end PC's to be thrown out?

Im not really sure the economy has as much to do with it as if it is still working for people, why replace it?

most of those people still on an old XP box.. outside of the business world, probably look at the computer the same as they do their washing machine.. its a utility device that gets replaced when it breaks

RE: Updating to Win 7
By japlha on 7/10/2013 10:40:39 AM , Rating: 2
And many businesses look at their IT from this aspect as well. IT is a set of tools that does something for the business. The business doesn't care about the software that is running. If it accomplishes a task and is profitable then that's all that matters.
A flashy touchscreen focused GUI isn't going to be a good enough reason to "upgrade" to Windows 8.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By inighthawki on 7/10/2013 11:13:53 AM , Rating: 2
I think the primary concern most businesses would have for upgrading machines are for security purposes. If your XP box is connected to any important data on the local intranet, it should be upgraded, since it is just not safe to be using. It may work and be profitable but it puts you at risk to lose much more.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By crispbp04 on 7/10/2013 10:25:56 AM , Rating: 2
scada machines are generally not publicly exposed, so they are not a target to be removed from XP. XP for static disconnected solutions won't go away. We still use Intellution FIX32 from 1995 running on XP machines at one of our facilities

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