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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 6:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
Uhhh...if you guys are watching every penny why didn't you just get some NOS systems to back up the Pentium II? I have a lumber company with a $80K+ lathe that only runs on DOS 3 with an ISA card, i built them 2 PIIs using NOS parts (if you look there are plenty of places that sell NOS where they replace the caps and make the boards as new, they can be as high as $400 depending on the board but $400 is a heck of a lot less than $75K) and two spares for those in a climate controlled closet in the front office so i have NO doubt it'll keep on going as long as the lathe will.

So if you really want to save those systems look into NOS, its really not hard to isolate them from the outside world with a VLAN and if you are running a lab its not like they need net access anyway,right?


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