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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7/11/2013 2:03:28 AM
Newer is not always better. These Win XP installations are obviously working for millions of individuals or businesses. If MS is successful in forcing in a migration, the result is probably tens of billions of lost productivity for our economy for no reason other than MS wants to push their latest and "greatest."
I get that supporting multiple O/Ss costs money and that the support budget generated by Win XP revenues (mostly from years ago) is running out. But couldn't MS just offer a for-fee support program to people who still need it? MS gets their money, everyone else gets to keep using their honed systems that have been working well for years and
don't need to change.
The IT people here talking about the need for latest and greatest need to remember that sometimes IT is used to control or support business processes that change on much, much slower timelines. The rise of say HTML5 doesn't necessarily need to mean anything for an industrial assembly line control system and it shouldn't be arbitrarily forced to.
7/11/2013 2:29:24 PM
I can't understand the "cost" of supporting older operating systems from the consumer side. In all my time using Windows at home and here in the lab, I can't think of even once anyone has had to call MicroSoft to solve a problem with Windows or with Office. The only problem I remember having to help someone with was when his program stopped working. Looking at the error I asked him how much disk space he had. When he answered 25kb, I told him to backup and delete some files and things would work just fine again. I know MS must get hundreds of these questions every day, but simple troubleshooting knowledge would solve most any problem you can have.
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