MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support
'Eventually, there comes a time to give us more money'
Microsoft continued its campaign yesterday to convince stuck-in-the-mud Windows XP customers to upgrade to Windows 7, the company's current operating system.
Windows XP is now 10 years old, and for some, it's still going strong. So Microsoft has reminded those users that support for the OS that refuses to die will end in less than 1,000 days.
Yep, that's still about two years and nine months from now, which may in fact leave some continuing to have warm fuzzies for XP until, well, 2014.
"Wouldn't it be great if the glory days lasted forever? But reality is trophies get dusty, records are broken, and what it took to be the best 10 years ago just isn't enough for today's standards," wrote Microsoft's Stephen Rose in a blog post on Monday.
"Things get better, faster. And eventually, it's time to move from good enough to something much better."
Support for XP officially ends on 8 April 2014, when security patches and hotfixes for all versions will be canned for good.
Unsurprisingly, Rose took the opportunity to big up Windows 7, which Microsoft's Steve Ballmer separately announced yesterday had now reached 400 million licence sales worldwide since its retail release in October 2009. ®
If a tool works, why change it?
XP works perfectly for my office, no need for anything else given how we work here. XP also runs well on the hardware we have and I don't want to have to upgrade them just for the sake of it. I've got Win7 on a couple of laptops and it is of no benefit as far as I can see.
We are also running Office 2000 because it does what we need. I've looked at more recent versions and see no benefit upgrading there either. They stopped including updates automatically last year so I had to roll my own for post SP3 updates when I need to do a rebuild.
I appreciate that they need to keep developing and innovating and can only spend so long supporting products that no longer being them income but as an end user I don't need to chase the latest version.
If a tool works, why change it.
Which planet are Microsoft on?
> "Things get better, faster."
I've yet to see a Win7 installation running faster than XP on the same hardware...
"glory days", "trophies" "records are broken" and "what it took to be the best "
words almost fail me.
obviously a graduate of the Ballmer school of bumptious, overblown shit-talking