Microsoft Plans Windows XP End-of-Life Initiative

Microsoft will end support for Windows XP next April, which will prompt tens of millions of small businesses and individual users to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. The end of XP could spark a wave of PC and software purchases through the channel.

  • Tweet  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Facebook  
  • Google plus  
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to  

Most of the world is watching the market adoption of Windows 8, the latest operating system and first touch-enabled platform produced by Microsoft. However, Microsoft says millions of small businesses and tens of millions of individual users need to pay attention to their current operating system, Windows XP, as support for it will end a year from now.

Speaking at the Intel Solution Summit in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft’s Peter Han said as much as half of Windows XP users don’t know support is ending for the operating system in April 2014. Microsoft is launching an awareness campaign to inform XP users and stimulate migrations to newer platforms, such as Windows 7 or 8. Nearly 17 million businesses and 103 million end uses will be affected.

Related articles

Microsoft’s ending XP support doesn’t mean users won’t be able to use the operating system. The OS will still run; Microsoft just won’t provide patches, updates and technical support. Over time, XP users will become increasingly more vulnerable to performance and security issues.

Windows XP was launched in 2002 following Microsoft’s crash initiative, Trustworthy Computing, which was designed to clean up the Microsoft code base and eliminate thousands of common vulnerabilities that plagued the system. Windows XP was intended to be the most secure and functional operating system. XP also replaced the NT code base that was the hallmark of Windows 98 and 2000, and got many businesses to adopt Active Directory as a controller system.

“It’s a complement that customers have hung on to Windows XP, but the company has made a decision to move on from XP,” said Han, vice president of OEM operations at Microsoft.

Windows XP has remained in service far longer than ever intended. Businesses and many consumers shunned Windows Vista when it came out in 2007, as it was known as a bloated and underperforming operating system. Microsoft promoted Vista, saying at one point it sold more than 300 million licenses. However, Microsoft is all but ignoring Vista in the upgrade cycle, knowing businesses and individuals prefer Windows 7.

The XP wind down could provide a boost to the PC market, which has been steadily declining over the last year. In 2012, PC sales were down as much as 8 percent, despite Microsoft releasing Windows 8. By eliminating XP support, Microsoft is forcing a migration to Windows 7 and 8, which could bring an influx of new equipment sales for its OEM and reseller partners.

  • Tweet  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Facebook  
  • Google plus  
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to  

Want more articles like this?

More on Uncategorized
basis smartwatch intel peak

Survey: Wearable Tech and in-home IoT Devices Set to Rise

Wearable tech to become more mainstream over the next five years

A syringe with a cash injection

Nutanix Secures $140 million in Funding

Nutanix preparing for IPO in next 12 months with second round of funding in 2014


Continuum and Fiberlink Develop Relationship with MDM Solution

Continuum and IBM's Fiberlink add new modules to MDM solutions in attempt to entice MSPs

Apple iWatch Launch Just Two Weeks Away - Report

Long-awaited 'iWatch' rumored to coincide with iPhone 6 launch

Visitor comments
Add comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Big data

Big data means big profits

Big data analytics could soon be solution providers' top play - will you be prepared?

Artist impression of the Cable Network exploring the impact of the electric telegraph in the 19th century. C. 2013 Science Museum Universal Design Studio

Using what’s ‘new’ to shed light on the ‘old’

Digital signage, virtual reality and beacons are all the rage at some of the world’s most enterprising museums


Making plans is one thing, keeping them is another

Solution providers aren’t particularly satisfied with vendors’ joint planning initiatives, and they have good cause to complain


Vendor Q&A Series: Paul Appleby, BMC

The latest channel exec to sit in the Channelnomics hotseat is BMC's EVP of worldwide sales and marketing