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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 Hairyfeet on 7/11/2013 5:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't help in a lot of cases sadly, try loading one of the older versions of Quickbooks (which can easily cost 2 or 3 times the cost of the PC per license) on win 7 32bit and see how far you get.

But MSFT needs to get its head out of its rear and stop trying to push metro on the desktop, myself with many other retailers have stopped carrying Win 8 in our shops because folks will take a PC with half the power that is running Win 7, Metro is a giant DO NOT WANT. I mean if MSFT designed a version of Windows that ONLY ran well on polka dot PCs you'd think they were nuts,right? well less than 2% of PCs ON THE PLANET are touch so they may as well made it for polka dot PCs!

And let me end by saying MSFT is their own worst enemy in this case, as I have been upgrading folks PCs to Win 7 with the coming XP shutoff and you'd be surprised how much hardware does NOT have a working Win 7 driver! Very common ATI and Nvidia chipsets, common soundchips, common ethernet, there is a LOT of hardware that doesn't have a driver that works under Win 7 and we are talking Athlon X2s and Core Duos, there should be no need to toss a system that runs great just because MSFT can't provide basic working drivers through WU. right now I'm struggling with a VERY nice C2D laptop which it looks like I'm gonna end up having to install XP on it just so I can upgrade the firmware on the DVD burner so Win 7 will recognize it, even though it worked perfectly under XP and Vista.

I swear you are your own worse enemy MSFT, and if you don't stop trying to shove Metro down our throats I'm gonna start pointing people to ChromeBooks and macbooks.

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