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Windows 9 Expected To Push Consumers Off Windows XP

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It's time to go people. The Windows XP party will be over soon.

Windows 9 is probably one of the most talked about topics as of late. So far we've heard two release windows for the rumored platform: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. The latter date has lingered around for a bit, while the Fall release window suggests that Microsoft may be itching to move away from Windows 8.

Regardless, even Dell is talking about Windows 9, indicating that the unannounced platform, which may be revealed in April during the BUILD conference, will likely convince Windows XP customers into upgrading to the latest Microsoft release. The "cool factor" of the Modern UI will eventually win everyone over.

Is Windows 8 really that horrible? Definitely not. The problem Microsoft has had in the past is that the platform is too different from the norm. Walk into an electronics store, and the average desktop consumer sees touchy tiles on every screen. There's a desktop underneath all that flashy content, but the average buyer may not realize that, and instead seek out a solution with Windows 7 still installed.

Windows 8.1, launched in October 2013, definitely made the platform feel more like a single unit than the previous Desktop/Modern UI double-feature. Windows 8.1 GDR1, scheduled to launch in April, will supposedly help merge the two together. Windows 9? Even more.

As previously reported, the problem with Windows XP for many may not be with fighting off a Windows 8 upgrade, but replacing legacy software that doesn't play nice with the likes of Windows 7. For businesses that could be a big expense.

Still, Dell believes that Windows 8.1 and Windows 9 should pull businesses and consumers away from the dying, cobwebbed platform. "When Windows 9 comes out, we're also seeing a lot more interest around developing the transition strategy for their OS," explains end user computing marketing chief Margaret Franco.

"There is a pressure point in order to start accelerating OS migration because in April, that's when the support for XP ends. We're seeing much more interest around OS planning and strategy planning, such as finding out what the benefits of touch are," Franco added.

In a recent report from the IDC, Lenovo was the worldwide leader in the fourth quarter, owning 18.6 percent of the PC market. Hewlett Packard came in second with a 16.8 percent market share, down 8.5 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Dell ranked as third with a 12.2 percent market share, Acer in fourth with 6.7 percent and Asus with 6.1 percent.

Here in the United States, Hewlett Packard was in the lead with 24.6 percent of the local market share, down 12.3 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Dell came in second with 21.7 percent, and saw a 6.6 percent growth year over year.

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    billgatez , March 3, 2014 8:59 PM
    Unless Win 9 includes an option for a classic desktop and is able to run on older hardware. people will stick with XP or move to Linux.Dell and others are just talking up Windows to keep MS happy.
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    Ephebus , March 3, 2014 11:00 PM
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    What? The "cool factor" of the Modern UI will eventually win everyone over? Is this some kind of joke? For one and a half years the majority of users, and specially enterprise users, kept telling Microsoft: get rid of Modern UI, or at least give as a Classic Desktop mode so we NEVER see any trace of the tablet UI on a desktop. Instead of addressing the root problem, Dell hopes that the "cool factor" will win customers over. Is Michael Dell being delusional?

    This is just the weekly "dump XP" article by Tom's in-house Microsoft public relations representative, Mr. Kevin Parrish. He used to be just annoying, now he's becoming disgusting.
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    megiv , March 3, 2014 8:55 PM
    MS just needs to understand that Desktop UI cannot be like Smartphone UI.Bring back the start MENU and get rid of the start SCREEN. Desktops got a big screen, they don't need a dedicated screen for start menu...
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    juan83 , March 3, 2014 8:20 PM
    i am the first in write rubbish!! what windows 9? what for? people still is using XP and seven.. okey more to complain about...
  • 12 Hide
    aldolo , March 3, 2014 8:24 PM
    make it driver-compatible with xp and add an "install over xp" procedure.
  • 25 Hide
    memadmax , March 3, 2014 8:49 PM
    They will have to pry XP from my cold, dead, hands...And they will have to do the same with 7 too...Better have a sturdy crow bar handy... None of that chinese crap either...
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    memadmax , March 3, 2014 8:50 PM
    We can also throw in 2000 for my older machines too. The ones with proprietary hardware that microsoft seems to never want to give even second hand support....>_>
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    Steven Schaeffer , March 3, 2014 8:52 PM
    "Is Windows 8 really that horrible? Definitely not."

    I agree Windows 8 isn't horrible. It functions on the PCs with which it ships, making it better than ME or Vista. It is relatively secure, making it better than Pre-SP1 98 or post-April XP. It just has one minor issue that belies all positives: No one likes it! The charms, the tiles, the hot corners--these are all functions that lowers usability and enjoyment. Considering that an OS only serves to operate the PC to its intended purpose, not be the machine's usage itself, failure to provide ease and enjoyment of interactivity is crippling.

    Hopefully Windows 9 resolves this, I do not want to be stuck with 7 forever and ever.
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    megiv , March 3, 2014 8:55 PM
    MS just needs to understand that Desktop UI cannot be like Smartphone UI.Bring back the start MENU and get rid of the start SCREEN. Desktops got a big screen, they don't need a dedicated screen for start menu...
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    billgatez , March 3, 2014 8:59 PM
    Unless Win 9 includes an option for a classic desktop and is able to run on older hardware. people will stick with XP or move to Linux.Dell and others are just talking up Windows to keep MS happy.
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    jacobian , March 3, 2014 10:04 PM
    What? The "cool factor" of the Modern UI will eventually win everyone over? Is this some kind of joke? For one and a half years the majority of users, and specially enterprise users, kept telling Microsoft: get rid of Modern UI, or at least give as a Classic Desktop mode so we NEVER see any trace of the tablet UI on a desktop. Instead of addressing the root problem, Dell hopes that the "cool factor" will win customers over. Is Michael Dell being delusional?
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    JOSHSKORN , March 3, 2014 10:12 PM
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    Windows 9 Expected To Push Consumers Off Windows 7
    Fixed. Windows XP users might just migrate to Windows 7.
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    ferooxidan , March 3, 2014 10:21 PM
    More money again. Good job MS
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    InvalidError , March 3, 2014 10:31 PM
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    Unless Win 9 includes an option for a classic desktop and is able to run on older hardware.

    Off-the-shelf PCs from the XP days only had 512-1024MB RAM. Today's bloaty Linux distributions require 512MB just to install and are only barely usable with that little RAM: load Firefox or Chrome with 3-4 tabs and between the browser, Gnome and Xorg, over 1GB of RAM is already gone - my Fedora 18 PC has 3.5GB in use with little more than that loaded excluding the 2GB used by the disk cache. (5.5GB total in use out of 8GB installed.)

    People keep bashing Windows for being a resource hog but some Linux distros can be a fair bit worse. I'm sticking to Fedora simply because it is the distro I have personally consistently had the fewest grievous experiences with.
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    Jeffrey H , March 3, 2014 10:40 PM
    Well as much as Bill Gates is now returning after that "Other Guy" had left, I think it is about time we focus on Returning the OS to it's Glory Days of where Windows 2000 and XP were king, and right now it is much to the reason that we need to focus on keeping the OS More Classic than "High Tech" as replicating to Apple and Android which has Touch Screen Only Desktops like what Windows 8 is doing, that OS is too confusing and Too much, please make Windows 9 the Return of the Classic Skins.
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    elcentral , March 3, 2014 10:45 PM
    why this crazy need to lunch new os, if this would be a windows 8 lunch date sure but windows 9 is way to early at least drop 2 big updates to w7 and then 2 big updates for w8. its all a rush. i like a os to last for about 4 years in the spot light.
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    InvalidError , March 3, 2014 10:52 PM
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    Just put a kill switch in XP and shut it down once and for all.. 12 freakin years old.

    I'm pretty much certain vandalizing people's PCs and equipment would be illegal and Microsoft would likely be found directly liable for all losses attributable to it. Depending on exactly who still uses XP for what, those liabilities could be quite steep.

    All this talk about old OSes and software that does not run on newer OSes reminds me I still have a PC running Win98SE because FF7PC does not run properly on anything newer.
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    Ephebus , March 3, 2014 11:00 PM
    Quote:
    What? The "cool factor" of the Modern UI will eventually win everyone over? Is this some kind of joke? For one and a half years the majority of users, and specially enterprise users, kept telling Microsoft: get rid of Modern UI, or at least give as a Classic Desktop mode so we NEVER see any trace of the tablet UI on a desktop. Instead of addressing the root problem, Dell hopes that the "cool factor" will win customers over. Is Michael Dell being delusional?

    This is just the weekly "dump XP" article by Tom's in-house Microsoft public relations representative, Mr. Kevin Parrish. He used to be just annoying, now he's becoming disgusting.
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    knowom , March 3, 2014 11:09 PM
    The "cool factor" of the Modern UI will eventually win everyone over."Just like it has with Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8? ;) 
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    knowom , March 3, 2014 11:16 PM
    I look at XP from the hardware angle of "640K ought to be enough for anybody." perspective ;)  Naturally it uses more than that, but consumes much less resources than Microsoft's newer alternatives. I objectively care about system resource minimalism and usability overall and XP excels at both tasks quite nicely. The only real thing that's kept me from switching over to Linux is the supported software side of things which is drastically less of a concern today than it was 5-10 years ago.
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    SessouXFX , March 3, 2014 11:31 PM
    As long as it's not a rehash of more W8. I don't want to see a re-branding of W8. That includes 8.1, 8.2 and any other versions of W8 they have hiding in Balmer's bedroom closet, the one he stashes all of his XL oatmeal creme pies in....Hell, I'll be lenient, they want to sell me W8 so badly, give me something sans Metro, Can they at least give me that much? I'm not against faster computing, but I am against looking at colorful blocks staring at me, waiting to push them on my screen, even though I have a mouse and keyboard. Even more so, to hell with the easy use for social media sites like Face Book. I game online, can they make it easier for gamers to game online, as in support online gaming, and gaming in general? No more false promises. Basically, there's a lot of improvements that can be made to Windows, than what was had in the last package.
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    boytitan2 , March 4, 2014 12:06 AM
    I get the feeling I am going to be on 7 for a while.
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