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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 wolrah on 7/12/2013 9:33:43 AM , Rating: 1
In my company we use software more major companies that have told us they expect a 64 bit compatible version of some software within the next 2 years.

The problem is not the legacy apps, but the lack of forethought by your company and many others to hold their vendors accountable.

64 bit has been the standard we all should be aiming for since the release of the Opteron in the Linux world, since 2003R2 (server) or Vista (client) in the Windows world.

A vendor responding "64 bit is a year or two out" for a client app in 2005 would have been acceptable, mainstream client OSes supporting it were a new thing at that time.

A vendor saying the same thing today is a sign that they don't deserve to exist as a software company, period. There is absolutely NO EXCEPTION for software that is still supported post-2010 to have no support for 64 bit operating systems. There simply isn't an excuse.

To all the developers out there still working on such shithole projects, please find a new job and figure out some way to destroy the product's repositories on the way out. Clearly no one really cares about that product and it needs a redo from scratch anyways, so you'd be doing the world a favor by making sure they can't keep dragging its carcass along any further.

To those in IT claiming there's nothing they can do, why weren't you pressuring your vendors eight years ago when this became an obvious future concern? If you're still waiting on them at this point and haven't found a better alternative, you're part of the problem.

tl;dr: If you can't do modern OSes because of 64 bit, it's the vendor's fault for being lazy fucks, it's your management's fault for not pressuring them years ago, and it's IT's fault for not making sure management understands why they need to be pressuring them and/or looking in to changing platforms for all this time.

Let's not even get started on the fact that people still to this day are using applications that run in MS-DOS. There's just so much wrong there that everyone involved in keeping that alive needs a punch to the face.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini
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