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The Windows XP Deadline Cometh

Now that it's April 2013, that means there are approximately 365 shopping days until the official end of support for Windows XP.

All of Microsoft's many customers for Windows XP, which was on sale between 2001 and 2010, must be off the OS by April 8, 2014. To paraphrase what they say in the bar at closing time: "You don't have to go to Windows 8, but you can't stay here."

The doorway could get crowded in the rush for the exits. As of March, data from Net Applications still put Windows XP market share at 39 percent of all PCs worldwide.

In technical terms, Microsoft is ending extended support for Windows XP. That means no more public, paid support per incident, per hour or otherwise; no more security updates; and no more guarantees that there will be Windows XP information in the Microsoft Knowledge Base or in other online resources. Some large customers had hoped for an out in something called custom support contracts. Analysts at Gartner Inc. have discouraged customers from going that route, arguing that the contracts cost more than customers commonly anticipate and that an upgrade to Windows 7 (Gartner's recommended post-Windows XP path) may actually cost less.

In any case, partners can anticipate another reminder in a few months at the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Each of the last two years, Microsoft executives have told partners how many days remain until Windows XP support ends. When the WPC starts July 8, there will be 275 days left.

Posted by Scott Bekker on April 03, 2013 at 11:58 AM


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Reader Comments

Fri, Apr 5, 2013 Old Fart

62 year old programmer... Another year!!! Yippee! I can keep XP one more year and then retire. None of MS's other platforms are half as fast for SQL laden web programming. I'll never forgive them for the Ribbon. Menu Trees? Greatest invention in the history of computing. Why trade 'em for those funky click and scroll menus... What idiots.

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 Anonyous

No plans. I know how to keep my system secure. Maybe MS will come up with a system that is better than XP some day. Windows 8 anyone? LOL

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

My server has already been switched to Linux and I have begun to migrate my PC's to that platform as well. Once a few more 'critical' apps get ported across it will be 'bye-bye' to all of M$ofts products. I used to do a lot of business application development on M$ software and its platform - but that is all in the past.

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

Upgrade to Windows 7 or some version of Linux (like Zorin, which has an XP style interface)

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