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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 11:43:37 AM , Rating: 2
Running XP mode in Win7 doesn't fix anything. It's still XP, and it's still vulnerable to everything that XP is/will be vulnerable to. All you've done there is gone through the expense to upgrade your machines to Win7, but now you have to support 2 OSs on each PC, and have gained nothing in terms of performance, security, etc.

The rational option is to just stay with XP.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By althaz on 7/10/2013 9:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
No. The rational option is to only use XP mode for the few things that require XP - certainly don't allow internet access from XP. Allowing internet access from XP machines is EXACTLY THE SAME as randomly disabling every security feature your network has.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By Motoman on 7/11/2013 12:47:01 AM , Rating: 2
Uh-huh. Right. That's *exactly* the same thing.

Of course the problem is when the thing you need to run in XP mode requires network access. Or internet access - either way. *Boom.*

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