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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 2:20:03 PM , Rating: 4
It's almost never "up to" IT management.

CIO: We need a budget to develop a replacement for all these old DOS programs we've been running on for 30 years.

CEO: They still work. Denied.

My first job out of college was as a programmer working on a project to replace a program made in the 70s that was supposed to be only temporarily used until the "real" program got made. Which supported the largest LOB the company had. The problem was that the "temporary" program worked. Ergo, it "temporarily" was in use for about 20 years.

As IT, you're not going to get budget to replace things that work. Even if they're ancient. Companies aren't in business to keep their IT tech up to date - they're in business to make money, and the BOD isn't going to approve requests for money to replace things that are still working.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By Mitch101 on 7/10/2013 2:46:49 PM , Rating: 3
Sad but True the wrong people are making the decisions.

Upgrades are generally easy and supported by vendors. Vendors usually have a maintenance fee which is much lower than repurchasing a product. When they miss too many updates now It becomes a project with massive planning and training. Often times there is a premium for support of legacy equipment and things must be built in parallel and not upgraded doubling many costs. In a lot of cases it then cant be managed internally and here comes the contract services to get upgraded further multiplying the costs.

If they dont pay it on the front end they further delay, complicate, and skyrocket the cost to upgrade.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By retrospooty on 7/10/2013 4:42:15 PM , Rating: 2
"Upgrades are generally easy and supported by vendors. Vendors usually have a maintenance fee which is much lower than repurchasing a product. When they miss too many updates now It becomes a project with massive planning and training"

That is basically true but you arent looking at the whole picture. You are assuming the vendor still exists and/or support the product. Many companies are running previously purchased software that is very old and wont run on 7. In many cases the software vendor is either gone from existence, or simply doesn't support the product any longer. If it is working and the cost is too high some companies simply wont move. 2 years ago, my sister was working at a Wells Fargo regional office. They bught a smaller bank that was still using MS-DOS on some of their PC's for some legacy software that they must have purchased in the early 1990's. In 2011 - MS DOS, I kid you not.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By Motoman on 7/10/2013 6:35:52 PM , Rating: 3
The problem with the DOS program they had was probably that there was no problem with it. Probably did exactly what they needed to do...so no need to upgrade.

I have a number of small local businesses that I support (think like auto repair shops and such). A new one that I just started working with has an aging XP machine that is starting to act like it's going to die, so they want a replacement...the problem lies in the fact that the specialty software package they run their business on is DOS. And won't run on anything newer than XP.

Why are they still on the DOS version? Well, for one thing, there's nothing wrong with it. It is 100% perfect for their needs. Secondly, the software vendor is actually still in business, and has a new version available that's fully built for Win7 - but it's like $15,000. That's a big bill for a small, single-store business to swallow. To replace a program that works perfectly for them as it is...in DOS. From a business standpoint, that $15,000 outlay will get them *nothing*.

So...if I can't get the old DOS thing to work in Win7, I'll see if I can get it going in XP mode. If for some reason that doesn't even work, I'll probably be tracking down an XP license to build them a *new* computer with XP on it. Because otherwise, they're going to be throwing $15,000 down the toilet and getting nothing of value from it.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By Tucci78 on 7/12/2013 10:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
"Sad but True the wrong people are making the decisions."

The CEOs are the people with the "drop dead" responsibility for getting business operations conducted under budget.

If the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) were the ones given the authority, the computer and other communications systems would work spectacularly while the company went bankrupt.

This is the reason why maritime Chief Engineers don't take the conn aboard ships at sea.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By dsumanik on 7/17/2013 3:11:46 AM , Rating: 1
lol, gimme a break,

go talk to that same ceo when his email wont work or he cant print the friday before deadline...temper tantrum crybaby spaz.

Better yet, hide his smartphone....they'll be happy to spend some money then.

One of the best things I ever did as an IT manager was price out, pre-order (got qoutes but no payment) then simply unplugged the accounting department from accpac for dos... the day before a cheque run. I let it sit till monday so everyone had a panic attack then "fixed" the scenario...and unplugged it twice more over the next week for good measure, then put forward the prices in a meeting with the accounting manager, and general manager.

2 weeks later the entire finance department was on a new system, and praising me as a hero, I havent had a hiccup since and they can now upgrade through sage indefinitely.

you gotta do the same thing with servers sometimes in small businesses, theyll let em run for 15 years and then balk at a 5000 dollar upgrade.

Rip the bandaid off quick, before it gets infected.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By Hairyfeet on 7/11/2013 5:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
That is why I gave up working corporate and now work strictly with consumers and SMB/SOHOs because while the pay isn't as good at least i'm not bashing my head against the desk every day. The line in Under Siege about "Having to find solutions to impossible problems caused by other people" sadly is pretty much SOP for most corporate IT, at least where I was at.


RE: Updating to Win 7
By Tucci78 on 7/12/2013 10:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
"As IT, you're not going to get budget to replace things that work. Even if they're ancient. Companies aren't in business to keep their IT tech up to date - they're in business to make money, and the BOD isn't going to approve requests for money to replace things that are still working."

The aphorism which Microsoft management has been missing since their decision to implement Vista? Runs like so:

Better is the enemy of good enough.


"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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