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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 JediJeb on 7/10/2013 3:01:56 PM , Rating: 3
I agree with him. IT managers who stick with older OSes (and this has happened a lot in the past, I've seen it many times in my 16 year career) past the term of support are incompetent. They are either incompetent in defining their budget, incompetent in deciding the company to supply their software and/or hardware, or incompetent in running their department in general.

So you are saying that when an IT person can not upgrade a Windows XP, or WindowsNT or Windows95 computer because that $500 computer is connected to a $100,000 piece of equipment that would have to be replaced to allow replacement of that computer they are incompetent?

If our IT guy went to the boss and said "You need to spend $1,000,000 because we are going to move these 10 machines off of XP" our IT guy would be looking for a new job. What he can do that shows he is worth his salary is make those older machines integrate with everything else in the building, which is no easy task.

We did finally convince management last year to spend a few hundred thousand to upgrade some of the last less expensive pieces of equipment to more modern versions so we could get rid of the last few that were totally dependent on WinNT. We managed to do this because the interface cards fit into ISA slots and we simply told them they don't make new computers with that interface anymore so if one of those computers died we would be dead in the water for four pieces of equipment until we could purchase them new. Only the potential loss of that much productivity forced their hands.

"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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