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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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Works fine
By DrApop on 7/10/2013 11:04:39 AM , Rating: 3
Here is the issue I have....a netbook with XP. I'm not going to upgrade simply because MS wants me to.

In fact, outside of running video editing...which I'm not going to do on a netbook anyway, everything works. I don't play games...which is mostly the graphics cards anyway, there is no reason.

We've gone through XP, Millenium, Vista, 7, and now 8. XP still does everything 99.99% of the people need it to do.

So basically, we have given money to microsoft for something that most of us don't actually need, all for the sake of having a slightly different interface.

Granted, I do run Win 7 on a new computer I built. But I would have been satisfied with XP....except a number of my programs are 64 bit....for which I am still not seeing any major advantage. Although perhaps rendering for video might take advantage.

RE: Works fine
By cubby1223 on 7/10/2013 4:36:38 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to. Microsoft wants to sell new software, they want to bring in new revenue. They want their business partners to use their software. Microsoft wants to remain on top against Apple and Google. Of course Microsoft comes out and makes a statement basically saying they want a lot of people to buy a new operating system from them!

But that in no way means you have to.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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