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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 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.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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