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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 epobirs on 7/10/2013 11:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
There are several major reasons some software fails on Windows versions after XP.

16-bit installers. An absurd number of companies sold 32-bit upgrades of their products while keeping the same installer they bought a decade ago, and kept using it for years to follow. 16-bit support goes away and you can't install the software anymore.

Illegal registry usage. Intuit was a huge offender in this area. Back when XP first shipped, Microsoft released a book of developer guidelines, with the promise that software that played by the rules should still work for many years. But these were guide lines and not enforced laws, so a lot of developers just did whatever they found convenient. Such as using the registry in way that Microsoft always warned against because it greatly increased the probability of an error mangling the registry.

Now, plenty of other operating systems would never have allowed such behavior but those tended to be products that started on big machines and worked their way down as small machines became more capable, the opposite of the anything goes world where Microsoft got its start. But by the time Vista was in development they knew they'd made a big mistake not having the OS better protect itself against Stupid Developer Tricks. So Vista started a new policy of enforcing rule that had previously been merely recommendations.

All well and good and long overdue. But a crapload of stuff didn't play by the rules and a lot of it was vertical apps with few competitors and critical to the businesses that used it. I know of one medical app that single handedly kept thousands of small businesses, which relied on it for Medicare billing that makes up over 80% of their revenue, from buying new machines with an OS more recent than XP. A few have used XP Mode on Windows 7 but most are highly budget constrained, so they tend to think of a $200 refurb as a new machine for their users.

Badly written software has been a goldmine for the refurb outfits that can supply 'new' XP systems.

"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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