Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 28th Nov 2012 01:24 UTC
Windows The clock is ticking for XP users, with Microsoft ending support with its final security update after 11 years on April 8, 2014. Netmarketshare's desktop browser statistics show 40% of users are still using XP, totalling about 500 million users (versus Windows 7 at 45% and Vista at 6%). Gartner and Forrester analysts predict that 10% to 20% of enterprise PCs will be running XP after April 2014. Options for companies include: speed up XP conversions, sign up for Microsoft's Custom Support Program for after-retirement support, and add a supported browser to XP to replace unsupported IE8.
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Support for XP?
by unixfish on Wed 28th Nov 2012 13:57 UTC
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Support is a tricky term. We have 16 year old Solaris boxes that we still pay the vendor for "support". We will call the vendor for "support" and they tell us one of two things: 1: Upgrade to a recent version, or 2: Give us 6 weeks to find parts then we'll see what happens. Most vendorss will gladly take your money and call it "support", even though they have no intention of actually supporting anything. So if you lose XP support, what have you actually lost? My employer still runs XP, because it is too costly to upgrade all the desktops. Microsoft will gladly take money to "support" us, which will probably mean they will tell us to upgrade should we ever call. I can tell them to upgrade for free, but I'm not a vendor...

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