Microsoft: Just two more years until end of Windows XP support

Microsoft has not been shy in reminding Windows XP users that the company's official support for the operating system is nearing its end. In January, Microsoft posted its last such reminder when there was 800 days to go until the support cut off date of April 8, 2014.

Today, Microsoft once again updated its official Windows Business blog with a new notice that in just under two years, it will stop technical support for Windows XP as well as Microsoft Office 2003. Microsoft's also talks about why businesses in particular should not wait until the company releases Windows 8 or Office 15 later this year to make the big upgrade:

Not only is it important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out, but they should also be aware that by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial results today while laying the foundation for future versions of these products. And with over 525 million Windows 7 licenses sold since its release, many customers are already taking advantage of everything Windows 7 has to offer.

Even though Windows XP is over 10 years old, Net Applications claims that the OS is still used by over 46 percent of PCs worldwide, compared to over 37 percent of Windows 7 users.

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Compare changing SIDs in XP to 7, compare changing the default user configuration in XP to 7, compare removing a corrupt user-profile in XP to 7, compare GPO implementation on a W2K3 domain between XP and 7. Enterprises just prefer the faster and easier ways of Windows XP.

Good. I will use XP for steam in a dual boot on my laptop for another 2 years. Hopefully by that point, Steam will have a client released on Linux.

ShMaunder said,
Good. I will use XP for steam in a dual boot on my laptop for another 2 years. Hopefully by that point, Steam will have a client released on Linux.

*snort*

That gives MS just two years to get their next OS right. Windows-8 is not in consideration. Of course, XP users could update to Windows-7, risking the "hell" that that involves, to give you eight more years until MS gets their next OS right. It has been made abundantly clear that Windows-8 was designed for smartphones and tablets with touch-screens as their main UI form-factor. The rest of us will have to stay with XP, VISTA, or Windows-7 until the next "real" OS is released.

TsarNikky said,
That gives MS just two years to get their next OS right. Windows-8 is not in consideration. Of course, XP users could update to Windows-7, risking the "hell" that that involves, to give you eight more years until MS gets their next OS right. It has been made abundantly clear that Windows-8 was designed for smartphones and tablets with touch-screens as their main UI form-factor. The rest of us will have to stay with XP, VISTA, or Windows-7 until the next "real" OS is released.

Windows 8 is every bit "real" as XP and 7 are. If you don't want Windows 8, Windows 7 is your only choice.

Hopefully this'll mean we finally get upgraded from XP at work (a NHS Hospital/Trust in the UK). We've only just been "officially" upgraded to IE 7 in the last two/three months. The Central IT Dept had blocked upgrading IE (you couldnt just download it from Microsoft and install it, even if you had were an admin on the PC). I say "officially" though as being a member of a sub-IT dept/team we had access to network stored stuff on which an ie installer resided, so I used that to upgrade.

They are going to say the same thing about Windows 7..... Forcing people to move to Windows 9....

How many users will keep Win7 and skip Win8?

TruckWEB said,
They are going to say the same thing about Windows 7..... Forcing people to move to Windows 9....

How many users will keep Win7 and skip Win8?

Add me to your list. No way in hell am I upgrading to Windows 8 if it stays the same way as it is now.

TruckWEB said,
They are going to say the same thing about Windows 7..... Forcing people to move to Windows 9....

More like Windows 10/11 as Win7 has support 'till 2020… (Microsoft plans to release a new Windows version every 3 years => 2012(8), 2015(9), 2018(10), 2021(11),…)

Good - the clock is ticking away .... Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

When April 8th, 2014 arrives, don't come here crying hysterically about it at all because you guys have been warned about this ahead of time.

Don't worry, folks. There are many managers who will look at the cost of upgrading the computers and software to Windows 7, and say, "We don't have the budget to upgrade. We'll stick with XP. After all, everything works fine now. Why should be upgrade?"

Shane Ekanayake said,
my university dropped xp and installed Win 7 3 months ago
have to say after that we encounter less and less viruses

But Windows 8 is around the corner /s

Possession said,
Hopefully my school will drop it and get 7 on all the computers. 90% of the school is still XP in classic mode.

I know that feel bro.jpg

Imagine being the poor souls BORED out of their minds, patching and supporting XP ... it must be an incredibly un-fulfilling job. Patching something that old ... there's nothing exciting or inventive involved ... just filling holes left by coders gone by ....

I use XP at home on 2 PC's, although 1 has WIndows 8 CP which I mostly use. At work we still use XP, although if it is cheap enough i'm sure we will upgrade to 8.

What's wrong with XP, it's still a very usable OS? Sure stop using it once it's not longer supported, but until them enjoy! One of the computers in my house is running XP. People will say "OMG install 7". ....why? It runs fine just the way it is.

warwagon said,
What's wrong with XP, it's still a very usable OS? Sure stop using it once it's not longer supported, but until them enjoy! One of the computers in my house is running XP. People will say "OMG install 7". ....why? It runs fine just the way it is.

But unless it is a pentium 200mhz with 80mb of RAM, it could be working better and doing more.

warwagon said,
What's wrong with XP, it's still a very usable OS? Sure stop using it once it's not longer supported, but until them enjoy! One of the computers in my house is running XP. People will say "OMG install 7". ....why? It runs fine just the way it is.

Why install Windows 7?

How about a 64-bit version that actually works and is actually supported. How about using an operating system that your computer was built for. How about using 3D Software Suites on an OS that doesn't crash because it runs out of memory.

thenetavenger said,

But unless it is a pentium 200mhz with 80mb of RAM, it could be working better and doing more.

Well it's Pentium D 3.4 with 2GB of ram.

It just has 3 things open and running on it on it all the time. It's more of a server than anything else. How would Windows 7 improve that?

warwagon said,
What's wrong with XP, it's still a very usable OS? Sure stop using it once it's not longer supported, but until them enjoy! One of the computers in my house is running XP. People will say "OMG install 7". ....why? It runs fine just the way it is.

Considering the fact that more and more software is dropping XP support.

warwagon said,
What's wrong with XP, it's still a very usable OS? Sure stop using it once it's not longer supported, but until them enjoy! One of the computers in my house is running XP. People will say "OMG install 7". ....why? It runs fine just the way it is.

Well, XP was from 2001 & Windows 7 was from 2009. Let's compare these 2 eras:
2001:
1. People used flip phones.
2. The home game console everyone used was the PS2.
3. The handheld game console everyone used was the Gameboy Advance.
4. People still used Desktops.

2009:
1. People used iPhones & Android Phones.
2. The home game console everyone used was the 360.
3. The handheld game console everyone used was the DS.
4. Laptops almost completely destroyed Desktops. (Almost.)

You see what I'm saying here?

MASTER260 said,

You see what I'm saying here?

Not at all, you still didn't provide any reason why my server on xp that is running only 3 applications 24/7 would do the job better on Windows 7.

warwagon said,

Not at all, you still didn't provide a reason why I my server that is running only 3 applications 24/7 would do the job better on Windows 7 than on XP.


When you originally said that I was still typing...

MASTER260 said,

When you originally said that I was still typing...

Honestly the Majority of the people are so dull, they just browse the internet / read facebook and check emails. Are you telling me if they already have XP they need to upgrade to windows 7?

warwagon said,

Honestly the Majority of the people are so dull, they just browse the internet / read facebook and check emails. Are you telling me if they already have XP they need to upgrade to windows 7?

I pushed people to upgrade for just the security alone. If anything else, Windows XP's security should be the biggest concern to users.

warwagon said,

Well it's Pentium D 3.4 with 2GB of ram.

It just has 3 things open and running on it on it all the time. It's more of a server than anything else. How would Windows 7 improve that?

It takes more time to render 3d models on XP than 7, on the same hardware. + i can work faster on 7, these are my reasons to use windows 7 over XP. Every application i use including PS CS5, Illustrator, Corel Painter 12, Maya, Luxology modo, works far better on 7.

Dot Matrix said,

I pushed people to upgrade for just the security alone. If anything else, Windows XP's security should be the biggest concern to users.

True, but most people don't even keep their new crap up to date, so they are missing service pack 1, Java and Adobe flash / reader updates. I mean if they keep Windows XP current along with all 3rd party and an up to date anvirus they should be pretty safe.

warwagon said,

True, but most people don't even keep their new crap up to date, so they are missing service pack 1, Java and Adobe flash / reader updates. I mean if they keep Windows XP current along with all 3rd party and an up to date anvirus they should be pretty safe.

So you're saying people don't keep Windows 7 up to date, but somehow give them the benefit of keeping Windows XP up to date?

Out of the box Windows 7 is inherintly(Sp?) more secure, than even the most up to date Windows XP machine.

Dot Matrix said,

So you're saying people don't keep Windows 7 up to date, but somehow give them the benefit of keeping Windows XP up to date?

Out of the box Windows 7 is inherintly(Sp?) more secure, than even the most up to date Windows XP machine.


Wow, what a load of ********. Security is all about how you configure your machine, neither W7 nor XP is secure out the box, that's why there's AV, firewalls and other things you get to increase the level of security.

Get it into your thick skull, NOT ONE computer on or off Earth is 100% secure.

warwagon said,
Not at all, you still didn't provide any reason why my server on xp that is running only 3 applications 24/7 would do the job better on Windows 7.
That is because there is no reason

If you go to, say a porn site with XP and get a Virus, will you still get that virus with Windows 7 if you go to the same porn site?
And using the same anti-virus protection on both machines.

simrat said,

It takes more time to render 3d models on XP than 7, on the same hardware. + i can work faster on 7, these are my reasons to use windows 7 over XP. Every application i use including PS CS5, Illustrator, Corel Painter 12, Maya, Luxology modo, works far better on 7.

Possession said,

Considering the fact that more and more software is dropping XP support.

Such as? Apart from Microsoft-ware and Adobe-ware, what else is dropping XP support?

xpclient said,

Such as? Apart from Microsoft-ware and Adobe-ware, what else is dropping XP support?

Gaming. Battlefield 3 was a huge title to loose XP support.

Ryano121 said,
Just two years? Should be zero years.
No it should be two years due to contracts. That's how contracts work after all. You stick to them.

Hope this will finally force my college to use Windows 7, i hate working on xp. Using Maya and other 3D suits on XP with new hardware is like punishment.

simrat said,
Hope this will finally force my college to use Windows 7, i hate working on xp. Using Maya and other 3D suits on XP with new hardware is like punishment.

Good luck with that. My wife used to work as an accountant at a college in update Washington and it seems most schools have little or no money for IT. Just because XP goes off support does not mean people will stop using it.

Good luck.

James Rose said,

Good luck with that. My wife used to work as an accountant at a college in update Washington and it seems most schools have little or no money for IT. Just because XP goes off support does not mean people will stop using it.

Good luck.

Nah, its different in my college, they buy new hardware, wipe Windows 7 and install XP, cause some idiots teachers in my college think softwares dont work on windows 7. Its funny coz every student have those softwares installed on windows 7 including me.

James Rose said,
...it seems most schools have little or no money for IT.

AFAIK education gets VLK licenses of windows for a very, VERY cheap price.

n_K said,

AFAIK education gets VLK licenses of windows for a very, VERY cheap price.

A cheap price is still a cost as is having someone to install the new OS or configure the network. I'm not saying this is a good thing, just a reality of schools.


Simcat,

re: Install XP That is TOO funny. At my office we do the same thing... again, not good, just true. <sigh>

James Rose said,

A cheap price is still a cost as is having someone to install the new OS or configure the network. I'm not saying this is a good thing, just a reality of schools.


Simcat,

re: Install XP That is TOO funny. At my office we do the same thing... again, not good, just true. <sigh>

sad truth actually

James Rose said,
Just because XP goes off support does not mean people will stop using it. Good luck.

Exactly. When was the last time you call Microsoft for support. When people have problem with XP, they go to their local computer shop, like mine, they don't call MS. Most company have an XP Guru that can fix anything without calling MS.

UndergroundWire said,

Why sadly? It's not like it will ever be mainstream. My personal opinion of course.

It will be a raging success, just like WP7… /s