Microsoft: Windows XP support ends in less than 800 days


The sun is truly setting for Windows XP.

Windows XP is still used as the main PC operating system by individuals, small and large businesses and, as we reported recently, even at the White House. Today, Microsoft used its official Windows blog site to issue yet another reminder that its support for Windows XP won't be around for much longer.

The blog points out that in less than 800 days from now, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. Microsoft team member Steven L. Rose states that large businesses should make the move now to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, saying,  "It takes 18-24 months to plan for and deploy a new operating system."

Rose also offers links to a number of tools that businesses can use to make the transition from Windows XP easier such as the Microsoft Deployment Tookit which he says, " ... moves the need for disc imaging, migrates your data in place during deployment, and (best of all) it’s free."

Microsoft has been reminding businesses and the general public that Windows XP support will be shutting down, saying that keeping Windows XP on PCs for much longer could cause some security issues down the road. The company also recommends updating to Windows 7 now and not wait for the release of Windows 8, which is scheduled to launch sometime later this year.

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course if everyones still running XP and Windows 8 comes along it'll be harder than ever to get them to switch. Easy OS vs wtf OS. Very steep learning curve on Windows 8. I could get used to it. But I've had so much dis interest in Windows 8, I might ignore that one. Vista was just fine, but Windows 8 looks to be another problem. Not in crashing. No. Has less problems there but I hate it when the OS wants to be smarter than most users and takes control of even the basic functions. Which is why the last few ubuntu versions are a piece of ****. Can't use it. They all basically require a touchpad that gets dirty all the time. I miss keys. although I still prefer the android touchpads.. but google voice is a must. albeit what butt is censored I have no idea. I type kick my butt no problem but I say kick my b*** thats idiotic.

Good riddence XP. Shouldn't been dead a long time ago. Just holding people and developers behind, because we have to keep making apps work for your butt.

KomaWeiss said,
... because we have to keep making apps work for your butt.

Fine, stop making apps for XP then. And say goodbye to ~50% of the market share.

cralias said,
So... "Year of the Desktop Linux" after that? *smirk* *smirk*

What does "Year of the Desktop Linux" have to do with anything? Quit tryin' to troll.

Enterprise IT isn't ignoring this. We are waiting for all the financial and other applications to be able to run on Windows 7. This costs money and time to upgrade. A lot of people ignored versions upgrades in the past because it wasn't broken. Now IT is pushing hard to ge tthings upgraded and the cost is huge because they are so far behind or they allowed maintenance to lapse against IT's better judgement. Sometime you can talk until you are blue in the face, but no one understands the need to spend when it "works just fine for now".
Working in enterprise IT crushes your soul just a little bit every day

bpfoley said,
Enterprise IT isn't ignoring this. We are waiting for all the financial and other applications to be able to run on Windows 7. This costs money and time to upgrade. A lot of people ignored versions upgrades in the past because it wasn't broken. Now IT is pushing hard to ge tthings upgraded and the cost is huge because they are so far behind or they allowed maintenance to lapse against IT's better judgement. Sometime you can talk until you are blue in the face, but no one understands the need to spend when it "works just fine for now".
Working in enterprise IT crushes your soul just a little bit every day

Why did they not update with Vista? Surely, they should have been smart enough to go "Hey, this is the way Windows will be. We're skipping Vista, but we need to ready our software for the next release."

This is one thing I can't understand with software companies. They had 2 1/2 years with Vista on the market to ready a release for it and Windows 7. Now everyone is running around like a Chicken with their head cut off. Did they honestly think Microsoft would support XP forever!? If so, I wanna meet these idiots face to face so I can punch them.

Dot Matrix said,

Why did they not update with Vista? Surely, they should have been smart enough to go "Hey, this is the way Windows will be. We're skipping Vista, but we need to ready our software for the next release."

This is one thing I can't understand with software companies. They had 2 1/2 years with Vista on the market to ready a release for it and Windows 7. Now everyone is running around like a Chicken with their head cut off. Did they honestly think Microsoft would support XP forever!? If so, I wanna meet these idiots face to face so I can punch them.

It's probably good thing they didn't do Vista first. After allWindows 7 is better than Vista, so at least now they are only buying 1 software license per computer since XP and not 2.

Dot Matrix said,

Why did they not update with Vista? Surely, they should have been smart enough to go "Hey, this is the way Windows will be. We're skipping Vista, but we need to ready our software for the next release."

This is one thing I can't understand with software companies. They had 2 1/2 years with Vista on the market to ready a release for it and Windows 7. Now everyone is running around like a Chicken with their head cut off. Did they honestly think Microsoft would support XP forever!? If so, I wanna meet these idiots face to face so I can punch them.

Good question. I cannot understand why there are several software titles that work fine with XP as a user but the developers are unable to understand the UAC and that user accounts in 7 will not be able to interact with that for security (I work in finance). I wonder this to myself multiple times throughout a day- its not like UAC is new. They have had YEARS to figure this out. And granting the user Admin is not the answer! We have been in an admin-less world for 10 years now. It was really tough in the early 2000/XP days- I was hoping developers were getting smarter.

The only sad thing is the inability to dual boot XP with the newest OS to run older games which are timeless or a select few apps which require full performance like running natively gives you unlike XP Mode/Virtual Machines where 3D graphics and other performance is usually poor even with Hyper-V. Hardware manufacturer should support XP as long as possible with their drivers because of this backward compatibility for games it has got that newer Windows doesn't. Being unable to run XP even if the end users wants to due to lack of drivers will make me not buy hardware from that company again. (cough Intel cough).

The issue is, Windows xp is a perfectly usable OS. if you take DX11 out of the equation as well as hardware optimization and 64 bit support (for the most part).11 years later a very productive productive OS.

Look at it from a workstation point of view, Windows XP is prefect. I can see why a lot of companies are having a VERY hard time justifying spending money on an upgrade.

warwagon said,
.....

As a workstation it's long in the tooth.

Powershell support in Win7 is the #1 reason for IT Pros to want to upgrade the workstation. As it stands now, I have win 7 and a dozen or so monitoring apps for productivity/power usage etc, that do not need to be there if my IT admins knew powershell. These solutions are only on my win7 system as XP had no alternatives.

dotf said,

As a workstation it's long in the tooth.

Powershell support in Win7 is the #1 reason for IT Pros to want to upgrade the workstation. As it stands now, I have win 7 and a dozen or so monitoring apps for productivity/power usage etc, that do not need to be there if my IT admins knew powershell. These solutions are only on my win7 system as XP had no alternatives.

Maybe I'm crazy but I'm pretty sure Powershell is available for XP as well.

alexalex said,
Not going to happen with 66% of enterprise still not running Windows 7.

still have around 1% running windows 3.11....... there will always be someone running old software heck I know of a textile company that still uses Apple ]['s to control their looms!

neufuse said,

still have around 1% running windows 3.11....... there will always be someone running old software heck I know of a textile company that still uses Apple ]['s to control their looms!

There is a big difference between 1% and 66%. Microsoft can't ignore Fortune 500 companies still running XP.

alexalex said,

There is a big difference between 1% and 66%. Microsoft can't ignore Fortune 500 companies still running XP.

If they're still running XP, they won't be for long.

alexalex said,

There is a big difference between 1% and 66%. Microsoft can't ignore Fortune 500 companies still running XP.

What exactly qualifies them as "running XP". Does one XP machine at a company towards that 66%? Or did the survey consider a ratio of XP to vista/7 to make that finding? (eg, if half of the computers are on xp...)

alexalex said,
There is a big difference between 1% and 66%. Microsoft can't ignore Fortune 500 companies still running XP.

99% of fortune 500 companies are on SA licensing. They still pay incident charges for the out of band stuff.

I would think MS would be happy to have a few companies not take advantage of their new licensing model, if only to get those rediculous support dollars.

alexalex said,

There is a big difference between 1% and 66%. Microsoft can't ignore Fortune 500 companies still running XP.

Yeah they can. Those companies already paid for XP licenses. Once April 2014 rolls around, they can either be one of the last to upgrade, or get lost in the shuffle. Microsoft has no obligation to keep XP supported, especially to its crybaby fanbase who can't accept change. (Note: this does not include very casual users who use their PC for little more than pictures or email, I'm referring to people who deliberately stick with XP because they're afraid of change).

people don't like change, all the old folk that don't know how to use PC's but do try, with them changing to windows 7 is just a major setback for them.

I cant stand XP, I work in IT and absolutely hate having to use an XP system from time to time, just so many time saving features missing! Windows 7 is THE solid MS OS of the now and IMO the best ever, and is way more solid than XP!

Of course they would recommend upgrading to 7 now instead of waiting a few months, that means that you'll eventually pay them for Windows 7 AND Windows 8, lol. I think they did something outstanding with Windows XP. They created a good product that people don't want to let go of in exchange for a little bit of eye candy.

I wonder if they'll extend the support for it again like they've done so many times in the past because people refuse to stop using it,

Gerowen said,
Of course they would recommend upgrading to 7 now instead of waiting a few months, that means that you'll eventually pay them for Windows 7 AND Windows 8, lol. I think they did something outstanding with Windows XP. They created a good product that people don't want to let go of in exchange for a little bit of eye candy.

I wonder if they'll extend the support for it again like they've done so many times in the past because people refuse to stop using it,

Nope

Gerowen said,
Of course they would recommend upgrading to 7 now instead of waiting a few months, that means that you'll eventually pay them for Windows 7 AND Windows 8, lol. I think they did something outstanding with Windows XP. They created a good product that people don't want to let go of in exchange for a little bit of eye candy.

I wonder if they'll extend the support for it again like they've done so many times in the past because people refuse to stop using it,


Windows 7 & 8 are not just eye candy. The only reason people aren't using this more than 10 year old operating system is Vista took forever to come out & when it did, it sucked. Thus, people are only now starting to upgrade. So, what, in the year 3000 people will be using operating systems in their brain & you'll still be using XP?! You have to let go at some point!

Gerowen said,
Of course they would recommend upgrading to 7 now instead of waiting a few months, that means that you'll eventually pay them for Windows 7 AND Windows 8, lol. I think they did something outstanding with Windows XP. They created a good product that people don't want to let go of in exchange for a little bit of eye candy.

I wonder if they'll extend the support for it again like they've done so many times in the past because people refuse to stop using it,

No.

And why would people that get win 7 now (mainly companies we are talking about here, as the 'consumers' that are still on XP would just get a new PC when the time is right (read when existing PC blows up)) 'HAVE to get windows 8 when released? If they are fine staying on XP for 10 years then hell their next upgrade will be windows 10/11 what ever you want to call it.

A lot of companies will be skipping 8, as its the first opf a complete redesign they'll want to wait for it to mature properly.

Gerowen said,
Of course they would recommend upgrading to 7 now instead of waiting a few months, that means that you'll eventually pay them for Windows 7 AND Windows 8, lol. I think they did something outstanding with Windows XP. They created a good product that people don't want to let go of in exchange for a little bit of eye candy.

I wonder if they'll extend the support for it again like they've done so many times in the past because people refuse to stop using it,

You really think that people upgrading their PC now are going to upgrade again before Windows 9/10 is out? PC's aren't phones you don't just throw them out for a new one every 2 years.

duddit2 said,

No.

And why would people that get win 7 now (mainly companies we are talking about here, as the 'consumers' that are still on XP would just get a new PC when the time is right (read when existing PC blows up)) 'HAVE to get windows 8 when released? If they are fine staying on XP for 10 years then hell their next upgrade will be windows 10/11 what ever you want to call it.

A lot of companies will be skipping 8, as its the first opf a complete redesign they'll want to wait for it to mature properly.

Not just that. Companies will skip Windows 8 because they just invested in Windows 7--their first new operating system investment in a really, really long time, and now their bosses think they only need to spend the money once every 6+ years. Who would approve the deployment of a whole new operating system just a year or two after the last one?

This financial angle will, of course, be completely LOST on bloggers who will report that slow adoption of Windows 8 by businesses is a sign of its failure, because tech blogs are painfully ignorant of anything and everything business.

funkydude said,

You really think that people upgrading their PC now are going to upgrade again before Windows 9/10 is out? PC's aren't phones you don't just throw them out for a new one every 2 years.

So what is it about phones that makes people upgrade every 2 years that PCs don't have? Price?

xpclient said,

So what is it about phones that makes people upgrade every 2 years that PCs don't have? Price?


Contracts end every two years, and people can get a low priced phone when they renew their contract.

Gerowen said,
Of course they would recommend upgrading to 7 now instead of waiting a few months, that means that you'll eventually pay them for Windows 7 AND Windows 8, lol. I think they did something outstanding with Windows XP. They created a good product that people don't want to let go of in exchange for a little bit of eye candy.

I wonder if they'll extend the support for it again like they've done so many times in the past because people refuse to stop using it,


MS priority is to force company to upgrade from XP to 7.
ATM Windows 8 is mainly targeted for large public.

xpclient said,

So what is it about phones that makes people upgrade every 2 years that PCs don't have? Price?

I just ordered an upgrade to my Samsung Omnia 7 due to being elegible for a free upgrade, so I chose the Nokia Lumia 800. Its free and shiney and new and better, why would I not upgrade?

xpclient said,

So what is it about phones that makes people upgrade every 2 years that PCs don't have? Price?

PCs have a much longer lifespan than phones, just because some enthusiasts who read websites like this upgrade more often is not at all representative in general.

I've had plenty of computers for >5 years, and then when i got rid of them they weren't actually broken, phones generally get battered to death after a couple of years, if not sooner.

xpclient said,

So what is it about phones that makes people upgrade every 2 years that PCs don't have? Price?

It reminds me of how printers are disposable now, which is pretty tragic environmentally speaking. The ink is so ridiculously overpriced and printers are so cheap that many people just buy a new printer every time their ink runs out.

funkydude said,

You really think that people upgrading their PC now are going to upgrade again before Windows 9/10 is out? PC's aren't phones you don't just throw them out for a new one every 2 years.


Actually.. I do get a new pc within every 2 years.

Geranium_Z__NL said,


Actually.. I do get a new pc within every 2 years.

That's a very, very small minority of users, right down there with people who build their own. NTTAWWT, you're just completely irrelevant to the market.