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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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By SAN-Man on 7/10/2013 12:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
For instance, a local mom & pop hardware store has cash registers with touch screens which run a cash register application. These PCs run Windows XP. They could conceivably continue to run for years to come.

Another local hotel has all their campus lighting control, water features, sprinklers, security, and audio running on Windows 2003 server. The client interfaces (touch screens around the property) run Windows XP.

There are instances where without the core product changing significantly (not likely) the client will not need to run anything else.

Yes, I know all about security - I was a network security engineer for many years and patching XP was part of my job (company wide, 40,000+ nodes). In certain closed networks though (non Internet routable, completely contained closed physical networks) security is less of any issue.

Some will disagree and point to the Iranian centrifuges that were disrupted despite being on a closed network. I will just say, if the CIA/NSA/Federal Government want in your network they will get in and Windows 7 and security patches might hinder them, but not stop them. Remember, if you can get physical access there is no security.

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