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    I think people will quickly get tired of having to pay someone to fix their computer when it gets infected for the umpteenth time.

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Once people get to a point that the software they want to run can't on XP they will move on.
    Won't they just continue using the last versions of the programs that still work with XP?
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    Won't they just continue using the last versions of the programs that still work with XP?
    The home users who wont upgrade from XP generally won't update the apps anyway. They will only upgrade when they need something new. For example they might have a new iPod and have to update iTunes to work with it. If the version of iTunes to use with the new iPod doesn't work with XP they can't do what you suggested. Companies will stop making drivers for XP so that new printer they have purchased won't work either. Thats what i think will shift people off XP.

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    Security Essentials for Windows XP gets a 15-month reprieve « Ars Technica

    Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft would stop providing updates for Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP on 8 April, the same day that it will cease providing security fixes for Windows XP. The company has now altered its stance and will produce signature updates for Security Essentials until 14 July 2015.

    This change, it says, is to help organizations complete their migrations. Of course, using that rationale, the company should extend Windows XP's support until the heat death of the universe.

    While it will provide updated signature definitions, the company warns that its research "shows that the effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited." In other words, it's hard to provide a robust anti-malware system when hostile code can penetrate processes and the kernel willy-nilly just through attacking the browser.
    Another 180 from Microsoft.

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    One school I work with has just subscribed to "TheLifeChannel". They brought out their "New" SFF PC. XP Sp3, no AV, no Firewall switched on I said that there is no way that that is going on this network. To the Head's credit the school agreed and they can't install until they supply a device that isn't a risk to the network.

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    95% of AT machines still use Windows XP, and will be exposed to vulnerabilities after April 8

    When ATMs were introduced more than 40 years ago, they were considered advanced technology. Today, not so much. There are 420,000 ATMs in the U.S., and on April 8, a deadline looms for nearly all of them that underscores how sluggishly the nation’s cash delivery system moves forward. That’s the day Microsoft (MSFT) cuts off tech support for Windows XP, meaning that ATMs running the software will no longer receive regular security patches and won’t be in compliance with industry standards. Most machines that get upgraded will shift to Windows 7, an operating system that became available in October 2009. (Some companies get a bit of a reprieve: For ATMs using a stripped-down version of XP known as Windows XP Embedded, which is less susceptible to viruses, Microsoft support lasts until early 2016.)

    Inside every ATM casing is a computer, and like all such devices, each one runs on an OS. Microsoft’s 12-year-old Windows XP dominates the ATM market, powering more than 95 percent of the world’s machines and a similar percentage in the U.S., according to Robert Johnston, a marketing director at NCR (NCR), the largest ATM supplier in the U.S.

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    Windows XP use goes back up ... « Neowin

    Last month, it looked like the use of Windows XP in PCs took a steep dive worldwide. Research firm Net Applications indicated that, according to their numbers, the over 12 year old operating system had a market share of 27.84 percent in December, a huge drop of 3.38 percent compared to November.

    Today, the firm released its market share data from January 2014 and it shows that Windows XP use actually went up to 29.23 percent, a rise of 1.39 percent compared to December.
    ^ Why would XP go up?

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    All the people on holiday returned to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    All the people on holiday returned to work.
    Good point!

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    Windows XP market share climbs again as customers dig their heels in « The Inquirer

    The popular Microsoft operating system that refuses to die, Windows XP, has seen a rise in popularity for the second month running.

    Windows XP, which reaches end of life in a little more than four weeks, has continued its bizarre renaissance, according to this month's Net Applications figures.

    Last month, the 12-year old operating system accounted for 29.53 percent of the market, up 0.23 percent from January. On one hand, it's up only a fraction of a percent, but on the other Microsoft, which has been trying every trick in the book to lure or scare users away from Windows XP, is going to be disappointed that once again attention has been drawn away from Windows 8, which continues to underperform, despite gaining slightly, stepping out of the shadow of Vista at 0.68 percent market share.
    Microsoft to start nagging Windows XP users about April 8 end-of-support date « ZDNet

    Windows XP users still running the Home or Professional versions of the product and who have been getting their updates to XP via Windows Update will get a notification on their desktop screen reminding them of the April 8 end-of-support date. Users can turn off the notifications via a check box. If they don't, they will be reminded on the 8th of every month until the notifications are disabled. The notification also will include a link to Microsoft's Windows XP End of Support web site.
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