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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 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 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 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.

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