Microsoft looks to move Windows XP sufferers off antiquated 12-year old OS by next April

“Starting April 8, 2014, there will be no more patches or updates — including security ones — issued for Windows XP,” Mary Jo Foley reports for ZDNet. “This is despite the fact that Windows XP still had an estimated 37 percent share of all desktop operating systems as of June 2013.”

MacDailyNews Take: Luddites.

“Microsoft and its partners have a lot of work to do between now and then to try to get more businesses off Windows XP,” Foley reports. “Microsoft’s top Windows priorities for its fiscal year 2014 (which began on July 1, 2013) are to move all businesses off XP and to become the number one business tablet in the market, said Erwin visser, General Manager of Windows Commercial, during a breakout session at the show.”

MacDailyNews Take: Good luck with that.

Foley reports, “Microsoft and its partners would need to migrate 586,000 PCs per day over the next 273 days in order to get rid of all PCs running Windows XP, Visser said… Visser told partners that there’s an estimated $32 billion service opportunity for them in moving users off XP, given that companies are spending an average of $200 per PC to move off XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take:

Here’s to the dull ones. The Luddites. The tedious. The non-achievers. The square pegs in the square holes.

The ones who refuse to see things differently. They’re extremely fond of rules. And they’ll do anything to maintain the status quo. You can demote them, disagree with them, decry or defy them.

About the only thing you can’t help but do is to ignore them. Because they never change things. They don’t invent. They don’t imagine. They don’t heal. They don’t explore. They don’t create. They don’t inspire. They retard the progress of the human race.

Maybe they have to be boring, unimaginative a-holes.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see nothing whatsoever? Or sit in silence and hear nothing at all? Or gaze at a red planet and see only a red planet?

Microsoft makes tools for these kinds of tools.

While some see them as the dull ones, we see criminals. Because the people who are uninspired enough to think they can never change a thing, are the ones who hold us all back.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. I did a 3 month stint at the biggest investment bank in the world back in February 2013 and I was given a Dell with XP.

    I’m so glad it was only a 3 month contract.

        1. …which, of course, runs 0.0000037% of all desktop systems out there. “Apple and its partners would need to migrate .03 Macs per day over the next 273 days in order to get rid of all PCs running OS X Puma.”

    1. Back in the day, that same IB gave me, what they told me was the first Compaq 386 in NYC. The day I left, I went out and bought myself a Mac SE for $1350 at 17th St Computers.

  2. I’d be shocked if they ever get my employer off Windows XP. There is nothing about any operating system after XP that gives them anything they want. The only way I’ll get Windows 7 is if they break the box on my desk and every XP box they have in storage.

  3. Just watch Microsoft move that “intractable” April 2014 deadline ahead, again. I love how they admit there’s 32 more billion to ripoff businesses with, and many businesses just don’t want to buy into it.

  4. re MDN’s take “Luddites”…
    Another way to look at it is that among Windoze users, the XP users are the wise ones.

    Also — the vast majority of Windoze computers in offices are typewriters with a screen or for very low-end data entry and retrieval. Nothing more advanced than XP is necessary.

    1. The economic recession may have had something to do with it. Upgrading to Windows 7 (and Vista before that) was seen as a sketchy cost proposition for both individuals and businesses during an extended period of slumping sales, high unemployment, and dwindling disposable income.

      The lack of ardour for Windows 8 can’t be explained away as glibly, but Microsoft’s project to promote a radical new desktop/mobile UI has so far failed to win enough hearts and minds to qualify as a solid win. We shall see.

    2. If it’s very much like XP why bother? If there aren’t tangible benefits no one is going to buy the upgrade license, backup their machine and install a new OS. From a business perspective there is a lot of software that didn’t run properly straight away. That’s caused hesitation and businesses learned to do with what they have. The protocols and testing required before a business agrees to “upgrade” company wide may take a year. This is no easy task.

      A regular joe is just going to wait until they need a new Windows PC rather than upgrading. They only last 3 years anyways.

  5. There are many software titles the are used in the industrial automation field for programming PLC’s (programmable logic controllers) that will not run on anything later than WinXP. I have to use them every day and just got my company to buy a ‘new’ used laptop that would run WinXP and had a license. These things hold back many industrial users unless the use virtualization software to run both systems. I like the Mac solution with Parallels.

  6. Either Microsoft loosens its grip on Windows 7 licenses or continues security patches for XP past the deadline, or they may as well hand that 37% right to Apple.

    Although I wouldn’t put it past M$ to be so arrogant to presume all these people will flock to Windows 8. That’d be richly entertaining.

    1. Well, they certainly are that arrogant. We’ve seen that over, and over…. and over.

      E.g. they thought their bleating sheep would just buy the pile of dog doo that was Vista. But, in spite of a huge “rebellion”, they still didn’t get it. Nor have they gotten it ever since.

  7. Who came up with the $200 upgrade estimate? There are no machines from the XP era that will support Win 7. So, every “upgrade” will require replacing a computer. Then there are the IT and training costs to consider. Many apps from that era will require upgrade to run in a new environment. This will be better than a government program for boosting the economy!

  8. It may be 12 years old, but it took a good chunk of that time to get them off of Windows 98 and 2000. Some of those businesses probably feel like they just completed the transition TO Windows XP.

    The really annoying thing for them is Windows 8. Most “typical” uses in enterprise are going to want Windows 7 instead. Windows 7 will become the next Windows XP. So they are being forced to transition from 12-year-old XP to a “new” OS that is already 4 years old. They will be second-class citizens of the Windows world from DAY ONE.

    Instead, many will consider getting Macs (and iPads where appropriate). “Consideration” is all Apple needs to continue growing the Mac business year after year. 37% still on XP; WHAT an opportunity for Apple between now and next April, and then Microsoft will extend the deadline yet again.

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