Microsoft Wants Users Off Windows XP by April 2014
July 10, 2013 9:01 AM
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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.
reported earlier this month
that Windows 8 market share just finally crept ahead of the unloved Windows Vista operating system.
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RE: Updating to Win 7
7/10/2013 10:40:39 AM
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
7/10/2013 11:13:53 AM
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.
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