Windows XP deadline leads to new Windows 8 price cut for businesses

As we mentioned earlier today, we are just one year away from Microsoft ending its official support for Windows XP. While the OS launched over 11 years ago, a large number of businesses still use Windows XP and have not upgraded their systems to Windows 7 or 8.

Today, as expected, Microsoft sent out a press release that basically says it will be sticking to its April 8th, 2014 date for ending Windows XP support. Erwin Visser, general manager, Windows Commercial, is quoted as saying, ".... those that haven’t yet started their migration process need to begin as soon as possible to ensure that they meet the April 8, 2014, deadline."

Microsoft has also launched a new program for small and medium size businesses to make it easier for them to update to Windows 8. The Windows for Business blog reports that Microsoft will give those businesses which still have Windows XP installed a 15 percent discount on buying both Windows 8 Pro as well as Office 2013 Standard (Office 2003 support will also end one year from now). The discount ends for those outlets on June 30th and is available for up to 100 licenses each of Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 Standard.

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Smart ones will move to Windows-7, most especially those who are not lost in the rapture of tablets and mobile devices. With rare exception, they probably do not have the money to spend on not needed hardware to take advantage of Windows-8's UI. Moving to Windows-7 will be much cheaper, in the long run--you can use your existing hardware much better and there is no retraining costs.

I have no problems with MS coming up with a tablet OS. Fine. I don't like, but others do. However, I (and most of the free world) have a problem with them trying to combine the two (desktop + tablet).

They can cut the price of their DONKEY OS to $0.00 and the corporate world will not accept it. It is a ****** tablet OS hacked onto a desktop OS. The sooner MS realizes this, the better for them. If they continue down this path, they will be the next SCO.

Shoult. Really? Give many of us a break that you can't get any work done with Windows 8. What a waste of an excuse. I am sorry that you can't hit the windows key to get to the desktop. I am sorry that you can't figure out how to load virtually all of windows 7 compatible software applications on your Windows 8 AIO to get "real" work done. And if you are running IE 9.0 what are you doing not going to IE 10? Lets hear your poor attempt at an excuse.

If you don't like it then fine. No one forced you too. But with all the naysayers that says Windows 8 makes them not be able to perform their job PULEASE.

I agree completely. I mean, I have an Hacer Aspire V5 Touch (Core i3, 6Gb RAM, 1 Tb DD) that now makes me try touching all screen from PCs I support and runs everything I have put it to, even virtualized Servers (W2000, W2003, W2008) for testing. I also got an Iconia W5, which is a Atom powered Tablet that I got running Windows 3.11 Virtually, heck, I got Excel 3.0 runnig in it with Touch. I've been able to print in every single printer we got on both, and also connected whatever accesory and on both cases I have managed to make it all work without a hassel.

How ironic, I just reinstalled Windows XP Professional this morning on my boss computer. This thing is not gonna die.

I'll deploy Win8 when they pry Win7 from my cold, dead hands. Win8 is actually Desktop Linux's best chance to grab market share.

Windows has stayed number one because it was the path of least resistance. The interface has remained fairly consistent since Win3. Sure things have shifted around and features have come and gone, but nothing like the radical shift that is Win8. I am sure that for the tech savvy individual Win8 is fine, but when you have a herd or lemurs sitting in front of black boxes the world takes a different shape. In order to move to Win8 I have to teach these people things like, "How do I turn it off?", "Where are my programs?", "Where's the Menu" and just plain "How do I?" for almost every operation.

If I have to teach a new way of doing things I could just as well teach them how to use some flavor of Linux desktop and not have to pay for a Windows license. And before you say "Windows 8 isn't that hard to learn" I have users who still can't find some operations in Win7 that they used easily in XP (we skipped Vista). Win8 just looks to be a bunch of extra work for admins with little or no reward for anyone.

Yes, I could install one of the many start button replacement programs on every workstation, but why? Again, more work for me that is really no benefit to anyone. I can just keep Win7 and not worry about anything. Win8 Brings some interesting features, but nothing we can't live without. IE10 is a non-starter. Thankfully WSUS allows me to NOT deploy IE10 to our Win7 desktops.

And before you say that I need to sit down and TRY Win8, I have and continue to do so. I have a 23" Dell AIO with Win8 on it. ARRRGGGGHHHHHH! I keep trying to work on it, but I continue to go back to my Win2K8 R2 based WS or my Win7 laptop to get work done.

Server 2012 has nailed pretty much all the hot buttons correctly though.

You forgot to add 2013 will finally be the year for Linux. yes, not deploying IE10, what a wonderful idea. I wish you were my I.T. Manager. (not)

Windows 7 for now.. Most IT Departments for companies just got done planning Windows XP Upgrades and in still in the process of doing that.. I am talking about large companies with 500+ computers.. A lot goes into OS migrations..

Fus10n said,
Windows 7 for now.. Most IT Departments for companies just got done planning Windows XP Upgrades and in still in the process of doing that.. I am talking about large companies with 500+ computers.. A lot goes into OS migrations..

Still, Windows 7 has been on the market for almost 4 years now, in beta for almost 5, that is ample time for even the largest of companies to plan, test, and begin an upgrade.

Not for all Companies.. A lot of companies have a lot of "custom" apps they don't work with newer versions of Office or Windows.. Have you ever planned an OS deployment of a large enterprise? By the time you get your budget approved for it and going through 2-3 different committees another OS has past it seems.. Even larger Enterprises such as Hospitals will not upgrade until they absolutely have too. Enterprises just don't jump and and my the latest and greatest software.. You will see that Windows 7 will be the OS for bushiness for many years to come.. 7+ years at least.

That is why I like it when many are now using Terminal Services and the apps run on a server. Plus there is a thing called "XP Mode".

Delmont said,
That is why I like it when many are now using Terminal Services and the apps run on a server. Plus there is a thing called "XP Mode".

Would rather use DOSBOX. Faster.

Dot Matrix said,

Still, Windows 7 has been on the market for almost 4 years now, in beta for almost 5, that is ample time for even the largest of companies to plan, test, and begin an upgrade.

Lots of companies do not even bother testing on Beta copies. There are also more things that can delay/stop testing.

Delmont said,
Dosbox? Right cause in an enterprise environment you want to use some non standard Windows app.

Software standards depends on the company/organization you work for. There are also a lot of companies that use DOSBOX to re-release older games. DOSBOX is also open source and free for anyone to use...personal or for business.

No major enterprise is going to rely on doxbox.. However, like someone stated above, more are moving to terminal services apps\citrix

Yeah, but this is the their "standard" sale.. your Microsoft rep should be able to give you even deeper discounts along with that 15%.. Assuming you are buying for an Enterprise.

We had a meeting about this last week.. I said it would be one of the worst decisions our Department could make based on how it operates and to keep deploying Windows 7. With that said, I am recommending we buy 50 Microsoft Surfaces for check out and 5 Windows 8 touch screen computers to be mounted in the break room and to put Touch Screen Windows 8 desktops in the meeting rooms. This way our users will get a feel for Windows 8 and it will be a much easier transition to what ever comes after Windows Blue..

Small to mid sized businesses don't always have software standards like larger ones do. It is not at all uncommon to walk into a place and see 8 different models of computers, all running whatever software they shipped with.

Delmont said,
Right. No, lets argue we should keep running an operating system designed over a decade ago.

That has nothing to do with any of the comments made here. You seem to be confused.

Delmont said,
Excuse me? The guy is arguing to keep using an operating system designed over a decade ago.

You're posting in the wrong thread; we're talking about the price of the Windows 8 upgrade, not keeping XP...

It is not the same thing. Are you forgetting about Vista or 7? Businesses can move to those (they better choose 7 out of the two!). They were discussing the price of Windows 8. That is not the same thing as keeping Windows XP as they can get Windows 7 if they want.

Delmont said,
it's the same thing. Sorry that you think you have to bellow into comments. But I do have a right to ann opinion.

It's not that you don't have a right to your opinion - it's simply that you're expressing it in the wrong thread. Nobody was disagreeing with you. You're literally arguing with yourself.

Hey mr. you think you're the police. It's about the overall not upgrading. Pay the money to get off a decade old o/s. Gee I didn't know this was your web page and your thread.

Delmont said,
Hey mr. you think you're the police. It's about the overall not upgrading. Pay the money to get off a decade old o/s. Gee I didn't know this was your web page and your thread.

Point > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > You

Nobody in this thread has disagreed with you. Not. One. Person. Yet bizarrely you keep having a go at any-and-everybody.