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Some restrictions may apply

Just how desperate is Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to get customers to relinquish their death grip on its nearly decade-and-a-half old operating system, Windows XP?  It's now offering customers $100 USD to get rid of their old Windows XP PC -- although some restrictions do apply.
The caveat is that you have to trade in your computer at a Microsoft Store, and you have to buy a new Windows 8.1 machine that costs $599 USD or more (limiting the maximum discount is roughly 16 percent).
The good news is that most of the laptops and desktops at Microsoft stores are relatively new, so it's unlikely that, Inc. (AMZN), Newegg, and other online retailers will be able to offer a better deal, on average.
Microsoft has previously offered a $50 USD gift card for those who traded in XP machines.  By contrast the new deal is simply a direct discount, redeemable instantly off your purchase.

Windows 8.1 discount

The initiative won't likely do Microsoft any great favors financially, given that it already was rumored to have cut Windows 8.1 licensing fees on low cost machines from $50 USD to $15 USD (which would indicate an $85 USD loss on the current deal, if accurate).  But the deal isn't quite that bad for Microsoft as it creates goodwill with its OEM allies who are grumbling about the impact of poor Windows 8.x sales on their bottom line.  Plus Windows 8 comes with the Windows Store, and Microsoft gets a cut of app revenue
Windows 8.1 has been met with tepid casual consumer and enthusiast response, outside of tablet devices, which seem to perform quite well with the new Metro user interface.  Microsoft has promised for a second time to repair Windows 8 for non-touch devices with the Windows 8.1 Update 1 and future follow-ups later this year.
Windows XP computers are still found in vast quantities in many parts of the world.  While they're now in the minority in the U.S., Microsoft's figures suggest that when the April termination of support for the platform rolls around 65 percent of users in China -- the world's most populous nation -- will still be using Windows XP.  Unfortunately there's not enough $100 USD discounts to solve that dilemma.

Source: Microsoft Store

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By p05esto on 3/21/2014 2:50:16 PM , Rating: 0
Who is still on XP? lame. Win2000 was better, Vista SP2 was better, Win7 was better.... I wouldn't trade it for Windows8, but there are other options.

I guess, take the $100 then. Sweet deal.

RE: whaT?
By DT_Reader on 3/21/2014 3:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
My 10 year old is using a hand-me-down XP netbook (handed down from my wife). That old thing won't run Vista or 7. In two weeks it's junk. But we don't have another PC just laying around waiting to be handed down to her, so she's out of luck. No big deal, I just wanted to point out a particular case where upgrading the OS is not an option. Must be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of XP computers out there that can't run Vista or 7. Linux is an option, but probably not practical for the sort of people who are still on XP.

RE: whaT?
By fic2 on 3/21/2014 4:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
In two weeks it's junk.

Why is it junk in two weeks? It's not like it is going to stop working. MS just won't support it. I doubt your 10 yo will care if MS supports it or not.

RE: whaT?
By althaz on 3/24/2014 9:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
Once support ends any internet-connected Windows XP machine will be compromised. There WILL be a raft of 0-days available after XP support ends and there will be no way to protect your PC.

Windows XP machines that aren't connected to the Internet are obvioulsy not a big deal - if they work they'll continue to do so, although I wouldn't plug USB drives into them before carefully checking them on another machine first.

RE: whaT?
By DominionSeraph on 3/22/2014 12:39:27 AM , Rating: 1
Boots in seconds, never had a non-OCing bluescreen in 7 years, uptime in months, haven't caught a bug in years, and fast as hell.
After a PSU fried I went from using Vista SP1 on a Raptor to XP on a Caviar Blue (both installs tweaked as far as possible), and I had had no idea the speed I was missing. XP is a dream.
It's paid for and it works. If you don't need >4GB RAM or DX10/11, what's the point in changing?

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