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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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8 is not the way to go
By zero2dash on 7/10/2013 10:15:48 AM , Rating: 2
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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.


Way to make them want to stay right where they are.

You SHOULD be trying to convince people to upgrade from XP to 7, but typical short sighted Microsoft, of course you're not going to do that. After all, you can't just admit that Metro on a non-touchscreen desktop environment is a big utter failure.

6 months from now, a new DailyTech article will say "MS incentive programs fail, XP userbase still high".




RE: 8 is not the way to go
By InsGadget on 7/10/13, Rating: -1
RE: 8 is not the way to go
By retrospooty on 7/10/2013 11:53:29 AM , Rating: 2
"Windows 8 in a non-touchscreen desktop environment is fine. It's just Win7 with a different start menu."

Correction: Its Win7 with a freegin horrible full screen start screen that is extremely inefficient to use on a non-touchscreen PC. The more you multitask the worse it gets. It is never going to catch on in the workplace where people multitask the most.


RE: 8 is not the way to go
By ipay on 7/10/2013 6:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
call me dumb, but i don't understand the correlation between start screen and multitasking.


RE: 8 is not the way to go
By Xplorer4x4 on 7/11/2013 1:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
What makes it inefficient for non-touch screen use? It works fine on a desktop with a mouse but I do find it a pain to use for a touchpad.


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