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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 Solandri on 7/10/2013 1:42:30 PM , Rating: 2
Flash generally isn't a problem. Video is. YouTube videos from then were 240p, so were easy to render in software. But a 1080p or even 720p video is impossible for the CPU to decode by itself.

Most of the Core-era laptops have video cards which (with some digging and finangling) can do enough hardware acceleration to make 720p passable (1080p is usually too much). But it's a lost cause on most of the P4 and P Mobile systems.

For the OP's case of parents using a laptop just to web browse and email while traveling, I'd recommend replacing it with a tablet. B&N is blowing out their Nook HD/HD+ right now. You can pick up a 9" HD+ for $149. The default skin is ok but a bit laggy in the browser. Upgrade to CM 10.1 and the thing flies. If they insist on a real keyboard, you can add a bluetooth keyboard for $20.

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