Microsoft: Windows XP Users Are Missing Out

An unnamed Microsoft representative recently spoke with Softpedia about Windows XP and how consumers and businesses are handling the transition. As it stands now, no less than 28 percent of the desktop computers worldwide are still running Windows XP. That's not good news given that Microsoft is gearing up to pull life support two months from now.

"Back in September 2007 we announced that support for Windows XP would end on April 8, 2014," the Microsoft rep said. "Since then we've been working with customers and partners to raise awareness that support for Windows XP was ending, and to help them migrate existing Windows XP PCs to a modern operating system."

Fortunately for Windows XP users, Microsoft will continue to update the Malicious Software Removal Tool until July 14, 2015. But that doesn't mean the platform will be fully protected; the actual security updates that are handed out on Patch Tuesdays will be cut off for Windows XP users. That is not a good thing, as users will be wide open to malicious attacks.

"Our research shows that the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited," the representative said. "Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today's threat landscape."

Yet the question is, why are customers holding on to Windows XP? Why can't they embrace newer, more secure platforms like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Some of the resistance may be due to change, or it could be related to outdated legacy software that doesn't perform well in Windows 7 and above.

The problem could be due to not knowing that support will be cut, such as a parent or grandparent who still uses an older dusty computer simply to pay the bills. The problem could be a neighbor who just doesn't care, or a business that believes they're special and will continue to receive updates. You know who those people are.

"Companies still on Windows XP are missing out on tangible benefits of modernizing their IT investments from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice to meet the needs of a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities," the representative said.

To read the full interview, head here. Also, don't be afraid to speak your mind if you see someone still using Windows XP.

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  • JD88
    Why does Tom's keep running these Microsoft PR press releases? Microsoft doesn't care in the least if your PC gets infected by some scary "virus". What it does care about is whether those 26% (which account for several hundred million people) buy sparkling new copies of Windows 8 at $100+ a pop.
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  • MajinCry
    Don't forget cost.Most, if not all, of the NHS' computers run XP. To be able to run Windows 7 at the same level of performance would require new hardware and new operating system purchases. To do the upgrade would be FAR too costly. What with the country being *in debt* to the banks.Just an example, y'know.
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  • csbeer
    I've upgraded 3 of my family members computers to win8 and it has been nothing but headaches. From simple things like using email, opening up pdfs (onenote goes fullscreen and they can't exit out) to printing a simple doc, win8 is so counter-intuitive for non-tech savy people and just mucked things up for those who are familiar with the decades old windows interface (that wasn't broken and working just fine). Personally, I have no problem with win8 but don't like having to waste my time on unnecessary headaches. For those that just want to run 1 program at a time (browse web and check emai)l, a p4 with 512 ram does everything just fine. I'm curious if M$ has run all the costs of forcing people off a beloved OS, I mean so many software companies would kill for that market penetration, but making an OS ain't easy.
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  • MajinCry
    Don't forget cost.Most, if not all, of the NHS' computers run XP. To be able to run Windows 7 at the same level of performance would require new hardware and new operating system purchases. To do the upgrade would be FAR too costly. What with the country being *in debt* to the banks.Just an example, y'know.
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  • SteelCity1981
    then ms should offer for a limited time to give windows 7 upgrades out for free for windows XP users.
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  • csbeer
    I've upgraded 3 of my family members computers to win8 and it has been nothing but headaches. From simple things like using email, opening up pdfs (onenote goes fullscreen and they can't exit out) to printing a simple doc, win8 is so counter-intuitive for non-tech savy people and just mucked things up for those who are familiar with the decades old windows interface (that wasn't broken and working just fine). Personally, I have no problem with win8 but don't like having to waste my time on unnecessary headaches. For those that just want to run 1 program at a time (browse web and check emai)l, a p4 with 512 ram does everything just fine. I'm curious if M$ has run all the costs of forcing people off a beloved OS, I mean so many software companies would kill for that market penetration, but making an OS ain't easy.
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