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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 Gondor on 7/10/2013 5:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
Some might argue that Linux was able to beat Windows to 64-bit release due to its support of other 64-bit architectures a decade earlier (once the code is cleaned up to compile correctly on either 32-bit or 64-bit platform it is much easier to port to any other 64-bit system) ...

But Microsoft had their opportunity to support 64-bit hardware as well when they went ahead with Windows NT/2000 ports for Alpha, MIPS, PPC and other architectures, they were just too daft to seize the opportunity, as always.


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