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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 Motoman on 7/10/2013 11:41:12 AM , Rating: 2
If anyone is not running Windows 7 over XP its laziness or incompetence.

Um, no. Chances are they just have a firm grasp on reality, and realize that at best it's not worth the effort.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By Dorkyman on 7/10/2013 1:14:13 PM , Rating: 4
For us it's not so much "not worth the effort," it's just that XP simply does the job. It's stable, familiar, and universal. There is no reason for us to change.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By Motoman on 7/10/2013 2:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly...ergo, not worth the effort.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By Labotomizer on 7/10/2013 3:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's a case by case basis. At this point you should have migrated to programs that will work with Win 7. But again, XP is "good enough". And if you're thinking about deploying VDI to keep support for legacy programs then it makes even less sense to upgrade, since VDI will perform the same no matter what platform you're running it from.

Windows will always be Windows' biggest competitor.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By maugrimtr on 7/12/2013 4:23:42 AM , Rating: 2
To those saying leaving XP is not worth the effort - you do realise that the end of XP support will mean the end of all critical security updates, right? If 35-40% of the market remains in that position, hackers will have a field day stealing business, user and financial information.

Our own strategy where I work was to replace incompatible software back in early 2012 (development/tendering on alternatives kicked off in 2011) so we're well on the way to an August rollout across hundreds of PCs. We even managed to ditch some ancient 90s era systems that (no kidding) ran under DOS.

Anyone suggesting businesses remain on XP after April 2014 is either incompetent or doesn't own a business I ever want to have dealings with.

RE: Updating to Win 7
By seamonkey79 on 7/17/2013 2:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
Our company (Forbes top 25) is in the middle of a rollout for our 88,000+ computers. What some people need to realize is the millions and millions involved in testing everything to make sure that all 88,000+ employees are still able to do their jobs takes more than the couple of days for me to find new software for anything that stopped working when I installed it on my home computer.

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