Microsoft Wants Users Off Windows XP by April 2014
July 10, 2013 9:01 AM
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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.
reported earlier this month
that Windows 8 market share just finally crept ahead of the unloved Windows Vista operating system.
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RE: I don't blame MS entirely
7/10/2013 11:49:19 PM
You've got to be kidding. Have you never noticed that with each new release of OS X there is soon a list of software that has been rendered unusable, requiring a newer version or a different program to serve the same function.
Backward compatibility will always be an issue with OS releases. There inevitably a certain percentage of developers who don't care about the OS maker's recommendation for prolonged compatibility. And there will be a certain amount of software that requires a function no longer offered by the OS (such as 16-bit support) but has no direct replacement.
I had a client who was deeply attached to a ROI calculator app he bought around 1991. He insisted that I had to make it work on his new Core i7 Windows 7 machine. Step 1 was finding a working system with a floppy driving I could use to copy the files over to a more modern medium. Then I had to get XP Mode set up on his system.
All the while I try to explain that this program wasn't the sort of thing anyone sold anymore and free version could found on web or as Excel applets. This blew his mind because he paid some absurd amount for this thing almost two decades ago, so he simply wouldn't believe me. A month later curiosity overcame his disbelief and he'd found a dozen different web versions that ran rings around his old Win3.1 program.
I made the damn thing work but he could have saved himself a bit of money in terms of my time if he just believed me in the first place and looked at any of the sites a single Google search produced.
RE: I don't blame MS entirely
7/11/2013 5:52:47 AM
Apple is HORRIBLE for this. They kill perfectly fine programs by making them stop working without the latest update, which requires the latest OS update, which requires buying a newer Mac in order to install.
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