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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 5:11:25 PM , Rating: 1
First of all if you believe those numbers i got a bridge you might be interested in, Win 7 stinks on ice with less than 2GB, it ends up hitting the swap too much. That said if you have 2GB or better it runs great on older hardware, I slapped it on my GF's Pentium D desktop and other than replacing the IGP with an HD2400 pro (cost $8) it took to it like a duck to water.

But I'm afraid you are wrong about VPC/VMWare, i have seen enough programs choke and puke on VMs that i no longer even try those but instead will set the customer up with a dual boot if they need it. For an example i have a graphic artist that probably has a good 3 grand sunk into Macromedia Xres counting all the plug-ins and while this program runs great on XP it dies hard on Win 7 and on a VM, no matter what I tweaked it just would not run stable in a VM. Finally since he needed access to it AND the newer stuff he had in Win 7 I sold him a KVM switch along with an old Athlon 64 system I had in the back so he can just drag and drop between the 2 thanks to the private network I set up and just switch back and forth.

So I'm sorry but VMs just aren't a cure all, in fact in my experience they often end up more trouble than they are worth.

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