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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 dsumanik on 7/17/2013 3:11:46 AM , Rating: 1
lol, gimme a break,

go talk to that same ceo when his email wont work or he cant print the friday before deadline...temper tantrum crybaby spaz.

Better yet, hide his smartphone....they'll be happy to spend some money then.

One of the best things I ever did as an IT manager was price out, pre-order (got qoutes but no payment) then simply unplugged the accounting department from accpac for dos... the day before a cheque run. I let it sit till monday so everyone had a panic attack then "fixed" the scenario...and unplugged it twice more over the next week for good measure, then put forward the prices in a meeting with the accounting manager, and general manager.

2 weeks later the entire finance department was on a new system, and praising me as a hero, I havent had a hiccup since and they can now upgrade through sage indefinitely.

you gotta do the same thing with servers sometimes in small businesses, theyll let em run for 15 years and then balk at a 5000 dollar upgrade.

Rip the bandaid off quick, before it gets infected.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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