Microsoft's Begging Now

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2014 - 07:26 PM |
Tagged: windows xp, windows, microsoft

Windows XP will be end-of-life in just 59 days and Microsoft is concerned. They want to enlist their blog readers as tech support who encourages the upgrade to Windows 8.1 directly, or by the purchase of a new PC. Of course, they are not going to provide any incentive or discount. They just hope that a little peer pressure is all they need.

I will not beat someone up for being a dreamer, but...

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The security nightmare is real, however. It is expected that attackers are hoarding vulnerabilities until after April 8th, when open security holes will remain without patch. Some customers will be allowed paid extra support, apparently at the price of $200 per PC for a year. Of course, this is common practice and can limit the number affected by the rumored malware apocalypse.

Then again, I expect that plenty of those machines are already ripe with infection.

Microsoft seems to be hoping that the exodus from Windows XP will land in Windows 8.1 and solve two problems at once. Windows 7 is still available in devices and resellers who stocked up on old installation media, both in spite of Microsoft (rather than endorsed).

For the rest of us, sit back and watch. I will make a crazy prediction and claim that, sometime between now and June, Microsoft should flinch in some way. It could be the re-introduction of Windows 7, some promotion or discount for retailers or system builders, or whatever.

I think they will be disappointed by April.


Source: Windows Blog
February 9, 2014 | 12:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If Microsoft was smart they'd offer everybody running Windows XP a free WIndows 8/8.1 upgrade. It would get most of them off XP and push there already crappy Windows 8/8.1 numbers higher. Win-Win.

February 9, 2014 | 01:17 PM - Posted by Nightowl (not verified)

I for one am sticking with Windows 7, I ran in to a situation where some of my games, which include Bejewelled 2 Deluxe the classic C&C games including Red Alert 2 from the C&C Ultimate Collection run slower than a turtle.

Microsoft must really think I'm stupid, to think I want that piece of junk called Windows 8 on my machine, when some of my games either run slower than a turtle or won't run at all and Windows 8 is supposed to be a gaming os, yeah right.

February 9, 2014 | 03:31 PM - Posted by razor512

Microsoft would have had more success with a paid service pack for windows XP, this would have allowed them to get more money to continue supporting the OS, without having users replace working systems.

One small business that I work with for occasional support and consulting, has around 60 computers running windows XP, the only systems on windows 7, are the 4 high end workstations that I built for them for their graphic design and video production team.

For them is was not hard to spend $10K+ on each workstation computer, but it will be hard to get them to replace 60 computers with ones that can properly handle windows 7, just so that workers can do the exact same thing, and the exact same speed as before (as there were no bottlenecks previously).

With businesses, the main issues come down to ROI, and they do not like to spend money on things that lack a clear return on investment. You can bring up the lack of security updates, and they can have an understanding of what it would mean, but they will not have any feeling of haste behind it, as from their point of view, it is largely theoretical and not a 100% guarantee that something bad will happen, so they take the mindset of "we will cross that bridge when we get there"

Windows XP support will end, and we will have hundreds or even thousands of businesses along with many home users still on windows XP. Keep in mind from a functional standpoint, the majority of computer users will gain nothing functionality wise from moving from windows XP, to windows 7 or 8.1, with it comes to what they do. A home user can be convinced more easily than a business where a migration to a new OS will often involve the purchasing of a large number of computers, lost productivity from the migration process which will impact the income of the company for some time.
Then there is the issue of software compatibility. some companies may use software that is no longer supported and will not work on windows 7 or 8, and may not be a proper candidate for virtualization (which can introduce security issues)

Many users and companies will weigh the pros and cons of the migration, and may decide to just take their chances.

The main users who I have been able to get to upgrade, were my consumer level customers, especially since I have been offering them free migration to windows 7 as long as they purchase the OS. (I will basically backup their data, reformat, install windows 7, then reinstall their applications, restore as many application settings as possible, then configure the UI and background to to match their old layout) (If you do PC repair, doing free work in situations like this, is a good way to increase work of mouth advertising as it makes it a nobrainer for customers to recommend you, especially if they had good service in the past, and that investment in your service in the past, gives then additional free service in the future during special situations)

February 9, 2014 | 06:36 PM - Posted by mLocke

Before even thinking about installing Linux, you should look up every piece of hardware in the machine in question and make sure that you're not trying to install Linux on some obscure hardware that only a handful of people own.

More than likely you're better off building a new affordable pico-itx rig and installing Linux on that.

February 9, 2014 | 09:53 PM - Posted by Anonomus (not verified)

Funnily enough the 3 people I know who still use Xp are using the copy they downloaded from kazaa all those years ago.

February 9, 2014 | 09:56 PM - Posted by Anonomus (not verified)

And I know one person who hates the windows 7 GUI, so he still uses. 13 year old OS but he always does stupid shit like that

February 11, 2014 | 11:02 PM - Posted by Goofus Maximus (not verified)

MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I am going to run my Windows XP machine, even when it is rotten with malware and transforms into a node of SkyNet, just to spite Microsoft!

I shall laugh as their corporate offices are swarmed by T-1000 Terminators, all due to my unupdated antiquated pedazo de mierda machine!

February 12, 2014 | 10:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You dumb fool, your heavily infected Windows XP computer won't be able to get online to do any thing.

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