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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 Samus on 7/10/2013 3:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 7 32-bit runs just about everything Windows XP does. I've run 15 year old accounting problems under Windows 7 32 and the only complications are sorting print drivers and some legacy settings.

The real problem is there is no upgrade path to Windows 7 from XP. You can't just drop in a disc and click upgrade. However, you could in Vista, which uses the same core architecture as Windows 7, so Microsoft screwed themselves here.

The only easy way to upgrade a PC from XP to Windows 7 is to upgrade to Vista first. But because Vista takes forever to install, this is a very time consuming process.

Microsoft shot themselves in the foot here. If they wanted to migrate XP users forward, they should have made it easy. If Vista can upgrade XP, why can't Windows 7?

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