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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: Make Windows 7 free
By drycrust3 on 7/10/2013 12:03:23 PM , Rating: 2
My parents have a ~2001-2002 laptop that they only really use in hotels and libraries when traveling. Well... at that point in time Intel saw fit to limit many of their machines to a maximum memory of 512 MB. You just can't raise it any higher.

Well, look around for one of the Linux distributions, e.g. PCLinux OS, Mageia, that would suit their needs, make up a CD, and install it on a spare PC, and let them have a play with it to see if they like it. Maybe you could wean them off Windows completely.
Here is the link to DistroWatch, which has a list of most Linux and BSD distributions:

RE: Make Windows 7 free
By Hairyfeet on 7/11/2013 6:32:53 PM , Rating: 2
Sad;ly if he really wants that thing to fly Linux won't cut it as its getting as bloated as Windows anymore, what he needs is the pirated "gamer version" of Windows that has been floating around the net for awhile...Tiny7.

a friend of mine sent me a copy to play with and its scary how fast that thing is on truly ancient hardware, it runs REAL nice on a late model P-III with 512MB of RAM, quick to respond, everything loads quickly, why MSFT don't hire those guys to make lite editions for older hardware I'll never know because their Tiny versions (ironically the most bloated is Tiny Vista, they are hackers not miracle workers) honestly just blows away both WinFLP and Windows Embedded pretty badly.

Of course you can use your own license with it so it's just a "pre-slimmed" version but its just crazy how fast they were able to make Windows 7 by cutting out the bling bling and extra cruft.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini
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