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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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By datdamonfoo on 7/10/2013 10:36:39 AM , Rating: -1
With very little exceptions, software that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8, so it will need no more compatibility testing than Windows 7 does with XP software. And the radical UI change is mostly a farce. Aside from the start screen, Windows 8 looks just like 7.

By KPOM1 on 7/10/2013 11:29:34 AM , Rating: 2
And the radical UI change is mostly a farce. Aside from the start screen, Windows 8 looks just like 7

That's a pretty big deal. The Windows 8 Start Screen doesn't work well with a mouse or with the tiny trackpads that were common on notebooks until recently (and are still more common than they should be, particularly on "business" notebooks). It's more than just the Start Button. The tree is familar to people.

Also, it's perception as much as reality. Businesses know Windows 7 works, and it's familar to them. Regardless of how close Windows 7 and 8 may be underneath, 7 will have traction.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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